- - Sunday, February 19, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With the current leadership of the Palestinian Authority, I suggest that both the United States and Israel abandon for the time being any negotiations to achieve statehood for the Palestinian Authority, or for the Gaza government under Hamas.

Contrary to reports in the media, the United States has not retreated from a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian-Arab conflict. The withdrawal is only temporary and dependent on the Palestinian Authority meeting two demands of Israel and the United States: namely, a cessation of anti-Israel hate in schools and the media, and a recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

With Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas unwilling to accept these minimal demands, there obviously cannot be a two-state solution at present. The ball is now in the Palestinians’ end of the court. Whether they value a realistic and pragmatic approach to a Palestinian state or choose to stay in limbo stateless is up to them.

NELSON MARANS

New York


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