THE BRITISH VOTE FOR PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

THE BRITISH VOTE FOR PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

Palestinian Statehood a death a death sentence on the Palestinian dream? On Monday 13th October 2014 British Parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly to support the recognition of a Palestinian State. Unfortunately, they, like many other European leaders, have failed to comprehend the gravity of such a decision. When Palestinians themselves say they want to live under Israeli rule instead of the Palestinian Authority, one knows something is wrong. Sadly their voice has gone unheard in Westminster. “Israel’s occupation is our only protection” is the view expressed by many I know. “If Israel withdraws tonight we’ll be dead by the morning,” said another well-known Palestinian from Bethlehem. “We don’t want the West Bank becoming another Gaza,” said a student from Beit Jala. These concerns are very real for the people who live there. The West has failed to learn lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and all the other Middle- East theatres it has engaged in. Removing a dictator or, in this case, an occupying force, simply creates a vacuum into which something worse will emerge. It appears no risk assessment has been conducted – merely an emotional response made to a case in which the evidence, if one digs deeper, may not be as credible as first thought. The inconvenient truth is the only difference between the Palestinian West Bank and all the other Arab-Islamic states in the region is the presence of Israel’s Defence Force. It is the only restraining influence preventing an all-out conflict between Fatah and Hamas, or worse. We should not be deceived by their current efforts to demonstrate a fresh alliance; it is a ruse to deceive...