By GARY BAUMGARTEN
The Palestinian push for a UN recognized state by fall is folly and won’t result in the creation of a Palestinian state.
So argues Aaron David Miller in an op-ed piece in the Washington Post.
“In almost two decades of working on Arab-Israeli negotiations as a State Department adviser and negotiator, I’ve come up with more than my fair share of dumb ideas.” Miller writes. “But the notion Palestinians are cooking up, for UN action on Palestinian statehood this fall, takes dumb to a new level.”
Pretty strong words, especially coming from an adviser to six secretaries of state.
“Yet another resolution won’t deliver Palestinians a state or even bring them closer to one,” Miller writes. In fact, he argues, a resolution would be counterproductive. Because, he predicts, the U.S. would be compelled to oppose a non-negotiated resolution over disputed lands. And Congress, he says, would pull back financial aid to the Palestinians.
The question as the Palestinian request is being seriously debated is whether the peace process, which would require agreement of all parties should be abandoned.
Israel has long sought a partner in peace. But the Palestinian leaders keep finding excuses to not reach an agreement. Or they’ve set preconditions to even negotiating.
Then they say, hey, it’s obvious we can’t come to an agreement. So we’ll ask the UN to impose the creation of a state and set boundaries.
It is, as Miller argues, a strategy that may serve to put Israel in a bad light with some, but won’t result in an end to the conflict, agreement on boundries or creation of a Palestinian state that’s even recognized.
All of which must be obvious to the Palestinian leadership. Leaving one to question, what is it that the Palestinian Authority really wants.