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Palestinian Statehood: If not Now, When?

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Getting out from under him, his number two Salam Fayyad, and their hangers on is key to finally achieving Palestinian rights they've been long denied.

Obama's speech showed help from Washington isn't coming. Palestinian officials and analysts were disappointed, reading what he said as one-sided support for Israel.

In other words, he reiterated longstanding US policy to keep Palestine occupied and subjugated permanently.

Palestinians say that no longer will be tolerated and demand going on their own for justice.

A Final Comment

The Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute (RI) works pro bono for Israeli government agencies. It provides "real-time strategic decision-making" support in areas of national security and socioeconomic policy.

On September 13, it published a policy paper titled, "The Declaration of Palestinian Statehood: An Unparalleled Political Opportunity," offering a "framework for an Israeli political initiative" for Palestinian statehood.

Though deeply flawed, its principles include the following:

  • Independent Palestine and full UN membership will be recognized by America, Israel and other world governments;

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