Sadly, a Palestinian state would not even be good for the Palestinians. That is because the Palestinian terrorists who control the area are profoundly anti-women’s rights, anti-gay rights, and anti-freedom of religion. It would be heaven for Islamists.
Finally, what of the claim that an independent Palestinian state would quiet agitation about the Mideast “conflict”? Not likely. Muslims around the globe are just as incensed by the existence of Tel Aviv as the existence of Efrat. And even were Israel to magically disappear overnight, their grievances against the West would not end, but escalate. Virtually every anti-American message ever delivered by Islamists includes a bevy of rationales for their hatred, including, but not limited to, America’s decadent lifestyle, system of economics, interest in oil, Christianity, in addition to tolerance for Jews worldwide.
There is no peace in which the lion lies down with the lamb. There is only security. Whatever preserves Israel’s security benefits the West; whatever undermines it makes the West’s influence over the region less and less relevant. That’s how to think about Palestinian statehood.
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