Dec. 1, 2017
To Get a State, Palestinians Should Do What the Zionists Did – Benny Avni
The UN General Assembly’s vote of Nov. 29, 1947, to partition Palestine merely recognized reality. The Jews had built their state. The Zionists had competing political parties, active and effective workers unions, and universities and scientific research institutes. A free press thrived, a budding legal system developed, and a united army under civilian control was formed as soon as independence was declared.
Not so the Palestinians. They never really undertook the tasks required to become a state. In Palestinian-controlled West Bank cities and in Hamas-ruled Gaza, political differences are resolved by force. The powers-that-be control the legal system. Corruption is rampant. Dissent is suffocated. PA President Mahmoud Abbas is nearly a decade past the end of his one elected term, yet he still wields power.
So, no. The UN, the Arab League, the Saudi plan, President Trump’s new peace deal, and BDS will not create a Palestinian state. Only the Palestinians will, and they’re far behind. The two-state solution will wait until Palestinians get their act together. (New York Post)