Establishing Democratic Institutions and Democratic Government for the Palestinian People

Consider this imaginary scenario: World War II ends, and America occupies Japan. But the Japan Liberation Organization (JLO) claims that it is the legitimate representative of the Japanese people. The JLO thwarts, through terror, assassination, and intimidation any attempt by the United States of America to establish a democratic government in Japan. 

After several years of no war and no peace, America acquiesces to the appointment of the JLO as the legitimate representative of the Japanese people.

Would installing a terrorist organization as the legitimate representative of the Japanese people have brought peace?

Fortunately, America did not permit anything like this to happen. When America ended the occupation of Japan a few years after the end of World War II, America left behind democratic institutions and a democratic government.

In the Middle East, however, the PLO claimed that it was the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

The PLO, through terror, assassination, and intimidation thwarted any attempt by Israel or America to establish a democratic government in the territories captured after the six-day war.

Finally after many years, Israel and America acquiesced to the establishment of the PLO as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. The PLO, with American and Israeli assistance, forms the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian Authority, now in control of the Palestinian media and educational system, to this day fails to educate the Palestinian people to accept co-existence, compromise, and peace.

For many years, America, Israel and other nations have provided diplomatic and financial aid to the Palestinians. This aid and influence could have helped to develop democratic Palestinian institutions. Such institutions could have educated and led the Palestinian people to compromise and peace.

Yet this aid, rather than supporting democratic institutions and a democratic government, has gone to two Palestinian police states.

America was successful in promoting democratic institutions and democratic governments at the end of World War II. 

Why not now for the Palestinian people?

About the Author
Charles Edwin Myers is a retired scientist.
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