Saturday, September 24, 2011

And Who Argues Against a Palestinian Arab State?

Who wrote this?

The Case Against Palestinian Statehood

...the decision of Mr. Abbas to pursue official statehood undermines the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

...Any elevation of the Palestinians’ status at the U.N. is unacceptable. Upgraded status could allow the Palestinians recourse against the Israelis through U.N. institutions such as the International Criminal Court or the International Court of Justice.

The Palestinians are not in a position to become a sovereign nation. They have failed to commit to serious negotiations with Israel that are necessary before statehood and full U.N. membership can even be discussed. They have failed to demonstrate any commitment to eradicating terrorism; the Palestinian Authority does not even control its own “territory” as the Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas, a designated terrorist organization. Furthermore, they have failed to demonstrate, through their negotiations with Hamas that they are seriously interested in peace in any way.

I call on President Obama to address the Palestinians’ bid with swift and meaningful action, instead of merely calling it a “distraction.” Opposing the Palestinians’ attempt to be recognized as a state is an opportunity for the United States to stand with Israel and support a true peace process...

...The fact remains that the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State, promote violent extremism and do little to encourage a peaceful settlement. Until these disturbing issues are resolved in a completely satisfactory manner, there is no reason the Palestinians should be recognized as a sovereign state.

Michele Bachmann.


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