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On Palestinian Statehood

I support Palestinian statehood for 3 main reasons:

  1. Over the decades since the foundation of Israel (which I regard as having been a disaster), there has only rarely been genuine effort by Israel for peace, with similarly inconsistent efforts by Palestinian leaders. The situation remains a tragedy that prevents international stability, political development of neighbours, and poisons the cultures of Israelis and Palestinians. There is little reason to believe the situation will be fixed soon, and the status quo is unacceptable. *Any* change that has a chance at disturbing the status quo that will not obviously lead to disaster is worth strong consideration.
  2. The structuring of a proper state may be affectable by foreign aid in a way that paramilitary/pseodugovernmental structures are not. Likewise, the financial aid provided by Israel is harmful because it acts as a controlling factor without goodwill
  3. Palestinian statehood would decouple the inner dynamic of combat-vs-negotiation from the outer dynamic of how receptive Israel is to negotiation. This is particularly visibly good right now because Israel presently is led by one of its worst leaders in recent history.