Palestinian-state dream merely hallucination
Palestinians can dream about a two-state solution but the realities on the ground present a grim picture and a dream that is more far-fetched than ever.
...I consider myself an optimist. I participated in the Middle East peace negotiations as a delegate. So why am I so gloomy?
The West Bank and East Jerusalem, the largest chunk of the territory that would be the base of the new Palestinian state, are being swallowed by Israel. They are looking more like Israel proper, except for the isolated and disconnected Palestinian communities.
...The Palestinian political landscape is a mess. Talks of reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas have been frequent, yet completely fruitless. There are irreconcilable differences between Hamas and Fatah that can only be overcome with the demise of one or the other.
...If history is our guide, prospects of peace, especially under a right-wing Israeli government, are grim as ever. What options do Palestinians have?
They can live with the status quo: a divided West Bank and Gaza (geographically and politically); hanging on to whatever they can from the clutches of Israel's expansionist policies; a continued dependence on foreign political and financial support; and a misguided hope that Israel will acquiesce to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Or, the Palestinians can give up the dream of Palestine and ask Israel to absorb Palestinians into Israel (politically and economically), provide them with equal rights as citizens, and allow Palestinian refugees to come back into the West Bank and Gaza under the same terms. Palestine can then become a state within a larger state such as Arizona is part of the U.S.
Any Israeli Jew in his right mind wanting to maintain the Jewish nature of Israel would say, "Hell, no!"
That is why I believe that the prospects of peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state at this juncture are a hallucination at best. I am, nevertheless, the first to hope that I am wrong.