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- most of all because it's the right thing to do.
RI's initiative is noteworthy for proposing Palestinian statehood in contrast to strong Israeli/Washington opposition.
However, its elements fall way short of full sovereign independence, including 22% of historic Palestine within 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Moreover, all states may elect whatever leaders they choose. Hamas is Occupied Palestine's legitimate government. Recognizing that and ending its foreign terrorist organization status is essential. Calling it an "illegitimate regime" can't be tolerated.
Nor can Israel's illegal occupation, theft of Palestinian land and resources, settlements for Jews only, the Separation Wall, and other ways Arabs are oppressed and discriminated against unjustly.
Less than full sovereign rights, including these, is failure. RI represents Israel. Palestinians need world leaders respecting ones they elect to represent them.
With all the above conditions met, a major step forward will be achieved. Now's the time for it.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed.
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