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Dear Palestinians: We Don't Need A State Under Existing Circumstances

08 July 2016

By Khalid Amayreh

I have no doubt in my mind that the establishment of a diminutive Palestinian state under existing circumstances would be a major historical disaster befalling the Palestinian people and their enduring just cause. Such a disaster would be greater in its magnitude than the Nakba of 1948, when Israel was created and the bulk of Palestinians were forced into exile.

There are numerous convincing reasons showing that the appearance of a Palestinian state (or statelet, or entity, or a confederate of Bantustans) would be more of a solution to Zionism's problems than a solution for the Palestinian problem.

Indeed, if we internalize the meaning of politics as the ''art of the possible,'' we must accept in our minds that a Palestinian state established under present global geopolitical realities would have to be a state devoid of statehood, a deformed entity without a real substance, without sovereignty and without a future.

It would be a state without Jerusalem, without the repatriation of the refugees to the places from which they were expelled at gunpoint in 1948, without economic viability, and even without sufficient water resources.

Today Israel is at its Zenith in terms of political, economic and especially military power. Israel is a nuclear power and more or less in control of the politics and policies of the United States. On the contrary, the Palestinians are at their nadir politically and economically. Indeed, the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip are virtually hostage to the Israeli mood. Our water supplies come from Israel. Our electricity comes from Israel.

Our fuel supplies come from Israel. Yes, we are hostage to Israeli criminality and depravity which Israel calls ''good will.'' Israel views our very survival as an expression of its ''magnanimity.''

Hence, any Palestinian state born out of the present circumstances would be inherently deformed, inherently precarious and almost totally dependent for its very survival and continuity on Israel. We all know that Israel wants the PA to be a kind of a Palestinian ''Judenrat'' responsible and answerable to Israel, first and foremost. This is what is euphemistically referred to as ''security coordination'' between the PA and Israel. In short, any would-be Palestinian state under existing conditions would a vessel state that is completely subservient to Israel.

Indeed, we would exaggerate very little if we argued that the relationship between Ramallah and Tel Aviv has more in common with the relationship between Berlin and the various Judenrates (Jewish councils under the Nazis) than it does with the relationship between two normal entities, e.g. states.

Hence, it would be a great historical foolishness on the Palestinians' part to pursue statehood under the current circumstances.

The PA continues to cling to a faint glimmer of hope called international legitimacy. But we all know deep in our hearts that international power politics, not legitimacy or international law, is what counts in the final analysis.

The ongoing Syrian holocaust should serve as a striking example illustrating the moral bankruptcy of the world. Nor would, or even could the US, let alone Europe be able or willing to force Israel to come to terms with even the very minimum of Palestinian rights acceptable to the majority of our people at home and in the Diaspora.

After all, the US and Europe have always been part of the problem, not part of the solution. Indeed, Israel wouldn't have reached this level of arrogance, insolence and intransigence had it not been for America's unlimited supplies of advanced weaponry to the rebellious entity. Palestinian advantage:

Today, the Palestinians do have a clear demographic advantage over Israel. Israel knows this fact too well but chooses to ignore it for political and psychological reasons as recognizing it openly would be an implied admission of the failure of Zionism. In fact, we can safely claim that Israel is an apartheid state, par excellence, whereby a Jewish minority is ruling over and systematically persecuting a non-Jewish majority.

Let no one raise his or her eyebrow. Facts are facts. In 2005, a US government report revealed that Palestinian population in Israel and the occupied territories exceeded the Jewish population. The following table shows the basic demographic data until the year 2004.

Jewish, Palestinian and Other Minorities' Populations of Israel/Palestine, according to the U.S. State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2004 Population Percentage* Jewish 5,200,000 48% Palestinian 5,337,185 49.3% Other Minorities 290,000 2.7% Total 10,827,185 100% * Rounded to 1 significant figure.

Today (2016), and assuming the accuracy of the data mentioned, it would be safe to argue that the Palestinian population between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean (Israel proper, West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem) exceeds the Jewish population by at least 300,000 people.

We could also deduce from the data that the Palestinians would have a clear and uncontestable majority within mandatory Palestine between two to three decades. In light, this writer recommends that the PA leadership abandon once and for all the illusive quest for Palestinian statehood and opt for the creation of a democratic and unitary state (between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean) where Jews and Arabs live together in peace and equality irrespective of religion and ethnicity.

Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs political commentator living in Occupied Palestine


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