US evaluates options for recognizing the Palestinian state after the war in Gaza

US evaluates options for recognizing the Palestinian state after the war in Gaza
US evaluates options for recognizing the Palestinian state after the war in Gaza
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Diego Sousai


Diego Sousa https://istoe.com.br/autor/diego-sousa/

01/02/2024 – 1:40

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has ordered a review of the prospects for US and global recognition of a Palestinian state following the conclusion of Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The review, reported Wednesday by Axios, aims to present a series of options to the Biden administration — including allowing the United Nations to admit “Palestine” as a full member state and encouraging other countries to recognize a Palestinian state.

Separately, Blinken reportedly called for a review of models for a possible demilitarized Palestinian state based in other countries around the world – such as Grenada after the 1983 US invasion.

The analyzes mark a rethinking of US policy as Washington deals with the fallout from the Hamas terrorist attack against Israel on October 7, which killed around 1,200 people and led to the capture of around 200 hostages – more than half of whom remain detained. Gaza.

The State Department’s analyzes also appear to be a response to Saudi Arabian officials, who, according to Axios, have publicly and privately insisted on an “irrevocable” path to Palestinian statehood as a condition for the potential normalization of relations with Israel.

US policy has long been to oppose recognition of a Palestinian state unless and until this is achieved through direct negotiations between the Jewish state and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank but has lost power. in Gaza in 2007.

However, Axios reported that some Biden administration officials are considering making recognition of Palestinian statehood the first step in negotiations rather than the final achievement.

US policy has long been to oppose recognition of a Palestinian state unless and until this is achieved through direct negotiations between the Jewish state and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank but has lost power. in Gaza in 2007.

However, Axios reported that some Biden administration officials are considering making recognition of Palestinian statehood the first step in negotiations rather than the final achievement.

In other statements, Netanyahu publicly exposed his “three pillars” for peace in the region: the destruction of Hamas, the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip and the deradicalization of Palestinian society – similar to Germany and Japan after the Second World War.

Critics were shocked by the implications of the review.

“The notion of rewarding corruption and systemic failure, not to mention terrorist financing, strikes me as crazy,” wrote Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, in X.

Noah Rothman, a senior writer at National Review, called the State Department “totally out of touch with regional reality” and wrote that the concept of a state called “Palestine” is “a fiction.”

“It is especially telling that the State Department is showing so much frustration with the uncooperative world,” Rothman said, “which seems inclined to simply impose statehood on the Palestinian territories in the absence of any credible Palestinian negotiating partner.”

When asked for comment, the State Department referred the Post to a press briefing on Wednesday.

“There was no political change in the administration. We have made it very clear publicly that we support the creation of an independent Palestinian state. This has been United States policy for some time,” spokesman Mathew Miller told reporters at the press conference.


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