Obama backs two-year deadline for Palestine

Posted: April 30, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in International, Israel, Palestinians, Peace Process, US, West Bank
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Palestinian rioters (courtesy: LIFE) While closely resembling a rumor, the news still made big news today, with Al-Hayat daily quoting an Egyptian official as saying US President Barack Obama backs establishment of the Palestinian state within two years:

Obama promised Abbas that the United States would make great effort to help see that Palestinian goal achieved, the official told the London-based newspaper.

The official also told Al-Hayat that Israel had rejected special U.S. envoy George Mitchell’s proposal to withdraw Israel Defense Forces troops from Palestinian-occupied sections of the West Bank, as it did on the eve of the Second Intifada in 2000.

According to the report, Israel told Mitchell that it could not guarantee such a move before beginning direct peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

(Haaretz)

EU’S JAVIER SOLANA is probably ecstatic right about now, as he was the first high-ranking official around the world to offer establishment of Palestine without Israel’s consent. I wouldn’t repeat my previous article on the matter, but would note that currently, establishment of Palestine would likely be a disaster. On the day of the announcement, thousands of Palestinians would take to the streets – especially to the streets of Jewish settlements, which the Palestinians now would call their own. Violent riots would ensue, including use of firearms. The IDF would have to intervene. It is unclear whether the Palestinian security forces would respond, but it is likely as – again – they would consider the land their jurisdiction now. Violent clashes would erupt, resulting in a blood bath. Sadly, neither Solana nor Obama seem to address these issues, instead offering vague dreams.

Moreover, the vagueness does not even begin to address the issue of Hamas and Gaza, with no one having a full understanding or policy what should be done about the violent rule.

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