Just a rebuttal for you ben, I hope you'll read it with an open mind: 1. In terms of having a permanent population for a state, Israel Had the Palestinian majority expelled, then later imported only Jews to replace them and create a Jewish democracy. 2. Israel got whatever border it wanted, and when it signed the armistice, the west accepted it. But I agree with you, about borders not being permanent, they never really are. As far as you citing UN resolutions, great! UNSC 242 is a good start, as well as UNSC 194 which demands the return of the refugees. Unless you're cherry picking. 3. Yes, they do have a government, and elections. If the government is not to your liking, then that's a different matter. The matter of unifying the different parties and factions, is the matter of unifying The Gaza Strip & the West Bank, it takes place out of necessity when that happens. 4. Most states in the UNGA are in favour of relations with Palestine (including the United States!), Taking the point that Hamas isn't liked by some states, (is true) but not the by all & end all of Palestinian relations with others, (for example the Qatari emirs' visit this week, and the rebuilding projects he offered).
19-year-old construction worker seriously injured after falling from scaffolding in Harish (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel's grand illusion on Palestinian UN recognition