June 10, 2006

Palestine Referendum

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/5067600.stm

The Palestinian authority could well be about to have a non–binding referendum on the subject of whether to recognize Israel. Hamas doesn't like this idea – because they like to be able to pretend that the idea of not accepting the right of Israel to exist is more important to the people than living a healthy and contented life. A two state solution is the only workable option in the circumstance from the point of view of the Palestinians. Hamas are acting like madmen and the whole of the area is suffering because of it.

Unfortunately the referendum is non–binding. There is no possible way that Palestine could hope to achieve the goals it has currently set for itself; Israel is bigger, has a far better army, and has better political allies. We can but hope that it gets through and it forces them to accept what they have to accept

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  1. More worryingly perhaps is the break in the (self–imposed) ceasefire yesterday after a Palestinian family was killed on a beach by, apparantly, an Isreali shell.

    Even if they recognised Isreal, it wouldn't make much difference if they're firing rockets into Isreali territory. The war will continue regardless.

    In terms of the referendum, it will be a great opportunity for the Palestinian people to show the world they are not just a bunch of religious nutcases, hell bent on taking back what is 'theirs'. And as for Hamas, they were created on the basis of the belief that Isreal didn't have a right to exist, and that Zionism was a force to be countered at all costs. Although they weren't elected on this principle (it was welfare and anti–corruption votes I think), it was always going to be difficult to persuade them to give up this key principle.

    11 Jun 2006, 08:29

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