TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ADEL ZAANOUN Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, squat in a tunnel, used for ferrying rockets and mortars back and forth in preparation for the next conflict with Israel, as they take part in military training in the south of the Gaza Strip on March 3, 2015. Israel's ground invasion during the 50-day war with Palestinian militants in the summer of 2014 was aimed at destroying the hundreds of tunnels Gaza's two main Islamist groups had built, both for smuggling supplies and for attacks inside Israel. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Why There Can Be No “Demilitarized” Palestinian State

The Palestinian Authority (PA), now officially a Nonmember Observer State to the United Nations General Assembly, will likely seek next month a Security Council resolution favoring full Palestinian sovereignty, probably as part of a cooperative Security Council initiative with France. Following such an initiative, the current U.S. president, or the next U.S. president could then be moved to accept the PA position on the grounds of some prior Palestinian “demilitarization.” Unfortunately, any such acceptance would be without any legal or practical value; therefore no state of Palestine should ever be approved because of any apparent promise of demilitarization.

Whoever wins the November election, the next U.S. president will have to deal with the continuing issue of Palestinian statehood.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The coming October municipal elections in the West Bank may render this analysis moot, as Fatah will be squaring off against Hamas and one or the other will not be happy with the results. When such dissatisfaction comes to the fore, the martyrs brigades start martyring each other.

    • Rasputins rosary

      I’m for anything that results in dead Muslims. Make Gaza and West bank into states for real then the first rocket is met with utter destruction.