November 27, 2012

How Palestinians Can Achieve Independence

Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

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When Abbas goes before the UN, he shouldn't ask for recognition of an independent state. Instead, he should say the following: "Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza 45 years ago, and shows no interest in letting go of the West Bank, in particular. We, the Palestinian people, recognize two things: The first is that we are not strong enough to push the Israelis out. Armed resistance is a path to nowhere. The second is that the occupation is permanent. The Israelis are here to stay. So we are giving up our demand for independence. Instead, we are simply asking for the vote. Israel rules our lives. We should be allowed to help pick Israel's rulers."

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TAGGED: Mahmoud Abbas, Middle East, Israel, Palestinian Authority, Palestine, Palestinians

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