The constitutional language you propose sounds great, to me as an American. But to the extremists, especially the Hamas ideologues, it is unacceptable. Even now Hamas are 'legislating' in Gaza that women at swimming pools may not wear bathing suits for fear that men on nearby rooftops might sneak a look. That's NOT equality. Don't get me wrong: I'd love to see the PA follow a human-rights-based constitution. But don't underestimate the obstacles that must be overcome to reach that point. It will take tremendous pressure from the world at large to get Hamas and other Palestinian extremists to accept such a constitution. It just might require forcing them with violence. The question is whether it would be easier for the Palestinians to accept a real human rights regime under an independent framework, in their own state, or under a joint framework with Israel. And how long will it take?
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from the article: Nothing to sell the Palestinians