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At the same time, International Middle East Media Center writer Saed Bannoura headlined on July 24, "Israeli government officials: Palestinian statehood bid could void Oslo Accord," saying:

"(S)ome high-level officials in the Israeli cabinet (want) Israel (to) call off the (agreement) if the Palestinian Authority moves ahead with a bid for statehood (in) September.

Along with defense, finance, foreign and trade ministry officials, Israeli National Security Advisor Ya'akov Amidror "is reportedly preparing (Israel's) response" to Palestine's "upcoming bid....and one plan is to void" Oslo, as if doing so, in fact, mattered.

Technically, it would dissolve satrap PA authority and its limited role in providing Palestinians the meager services Israel allows. In fact, with or without Oslo, nothing meaningful will change. 

Military occupation will continue. So will Gaza's siege, and regular Israeli attacks and incursions will keep terrorizing residents lawlessly. As a result, Israel's threat is more bluff than ultimatum to withhold what's already systematically denied. 

It's why de jure UN membership and independence are vital first steps to breaking free, but the struggle to do so has miles to go to succeed. Backing off, however, assures continued bondage and persecution, a choice no legitimate government should accept. 

Palestine's, of course, doesn't, its real authority in Gaza, not the coup d'etat West Bank one, representing Israel, not its own people. Fully breaking free requires ending that intolerable status, letting democratically elected leaders govern, not selected Israeli ones.

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