The Palestinians Imaginary State. Seems......... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • James T U.S.A
    • 06.08.11 | 03:14 (IDT)

    A majority of the world's countries are gearing up to recognize a Palestinian state in September. But does Palestine really qualify? In a few weeks, an overwhelming majority in the United Nations General Assembly will likely vote for collective recognition of a Palestinian state. But which Palestinian state? Of the three Palestinian states the assembly could recognize, two are real and arguably could meet the requirements for statehood. But it is the third, purely imaginary one that the assembly will endorse, one that neither has a functioning government nor meets the requirements of international law. According to the prevailing legal standard, the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, a "state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: a) a permanent population; b) a defined territory; c) government; and d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states." Both the Hamas-controlled Palestinian entity in Gaza and the rival Fatah-governed Palestinian entity in the West Bank can be said to meet all four of these criteria of the law of statehood. The one on which the United Nations will vote does not. Hamas wants eventually to rule the whole of mandatory Palestine, comprising not just the West Bank along with Gaza, but all of today's Israel too. Gaza alone is too small a prize for so grand an ambition. So this possible state is not on the table.! Nor is Jerusalem on the table either....PERIOD

    from the article: EU slams Israel’s decision to build new East Jerusalem housing project
    First published 00:59 06.08.11 | Last updated 00:59 06.08.11
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