By writing this article, the author is making a serious mistake, and that is assuming that just because Palestine becomes an independent state overnight the conflict will end. On the contrary, if large portions of the international community, like the EU, recognize and support a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence, they will likely use the opportunity to drastically increase pressure against Israel. The author points out areas of international law that would benefit Israel, like being able to legally keep the border between the two states closed, but what about the part where Israel will have an occupying force in a foreign country? Or, better yet, when the Palestinian security forces, 20,000 strong, trained by America and armed by Russia, march on East Jerusalem to take the territory they believe is theirs? In the end, as dim as the prospects for a negotiated peace are, this kind of declaration has the potential to intensify the conflict, not alleviate it.
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