Jun. 21, 2019
Once Again, the PA Shows It Doesn’t Care about Having a Viable State – Evelyn Gordon
The Palestinians’ refusal to attend a U.S.-sponsored “economic workshop” in Bahrain has been widely treated as a reasonable response to the unlikelihood that President Trump’s peace plan will satisfy their demands. But in fact, it’s merely further proof that the Palestinian leadership doesn’t actually want a state – or at least not a viable one – because even if Palestinian statehood isn’t imminent, economic development now would increase the viability of any future state.
This understanding is precisely what guided Israel’s leadership in the pre-state years, although the pre-state Jewish community was bitterly at odds with the ruling British. Nevertheless, the pre-state leadership welcomed and cooperated with British efforts to develop the country, knowing that this would benefit the Jewish state once it finally arose.
The declared aim of the Bahrain conference is merely to drum up investment in the Palestinian economy, primarily from Arab states and the private sector. Thus, if the PA actually wanted to lay the groundwork for a viable state, what it ought to be doing is attending the conference and discussing these proposals.
The most astounding part is that the rest of the world, despite insisting that it wants a “viable Palestinian state,” openly condones the PA’s refusal to go to Bahrain. Instead, the rest of the world should be telling the PA that it ought to seize any chance for economic development because without such development, there’s no chance of any future Palestinian state actually being viable. (JNS)