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A State for Palestine

July 19, 2011


If Israel does not like the two-state solution, they must treat the historic Palestine as one single state and give the vote to all the people of that state, including in Gaza and the West Bank.
Mikael Grut to The Guardian, July 7, 2011

Will the United States vote to accept a Palestinian state when the question comes before the United Nations in September?  How can the U.S. government claim to accept a two-state solution in Palestine if it does not even recognize the sovereign rights of the Palestinian people?  Why are the Palestinians forced to accept Israel as a Jewish state when the United States and Britain do not accept the national rights of the native non-Jewish population?  A recent letter by Mikael Grut in The Guardian, entitled "A State for Palestine" puts this crucial question in the clearest of terms:

I do hope that the UK representative to the UN will vote for Palestinian statehood if the matter comes up there in September, and that the UK itself will then also recognise the Palestinian state (Israel warns Palestinians over UN bid, June 24). Hamas is blamed for not recognising Israel, and yet we have not yet recognised Palestine, although the Palestinians declared their state already in 1988, and it has been recognised by some 130 countries, including all the Brics countries. So let's join the world and not slavishly follow Israel and America. 

I can't think of a single reason why the Palestinian state should not be recognised. When the UN gave away 55% of Palestine to the Zionists in 1947, surely the intention was that two states would result from that? When we talk of the "two-state" solution, surely we mean that Palestine should be one of those states?

If Israel does not like the two-state solution, they must treat the historic Palestine as one single state and give the vote to all the people of that state, including in Gaza and the West Bank.

Mikael Grut
London, UK
 


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