The recent debacle of the US in Afghanistan should put an end to the naïve idea that the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank – with some military aid to oppose a Hamas takeover, a shallow façade of democratic institutions and declarations of “unwavering support” from the US – will stand on its own, be strong enough, and willing to make peace with the Jewish State.
Hamas has the will to fight and will prevail in the West Bank if left in the hands of the PA: Hamas has a much simpler effective platform vis-à-vis Israel, easily understandable to the masses at the gut and emotional level. And it is expeditious in its way to eliminate the political opposition of the PA, as it did in Gaza in 2007: murders, throwing people from the roofs and incarcerations.
The difference between Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank is only in the means but not in the end result. Hamas has a clear objective and a path to reach it (proven quite successful in the past thousand years): the land from the river to the sea belongs to the Umma (Islamic communities) and can never be relinquished and the way to eliminate Israel is by force. The PA – having discarded the violent path after the unsuccessful Intifadas launched in 1987 and 2000 – intends to achieve the dissolution of the State of Israel by “non-violent” means: all the peace initiatives between the PA and Israel failed so far because of the refusal of the PA to renounce to the “right of return” of millions of Palestinians to Israel proper and to a formal declaration of an “end to the conflict”.
A mini-state in the West Bank, 40 miles wide by 55 miles long, would be overrun by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. The only realistic way forward is to return to the original 242 UNSC resolution, with the West Bank as part of Jordan and demilitarized. A similar scheme has been successfully implemented between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai Peninsula.
The political future of Gaza will have to be postponed to a later time: it will have to be demilitarized, but as long as the Ayatollahs remain in power in Iran, the stalemate in Gaza will persist.
Note: The above article is taken from my latest Revised Edition of my book “Boycott of Israel is Wrong: How to fight it”. The book was originally published in June 2021. The Revised Edition, dated September 2011, has just been published. You can read the complete book and download it for free from the ResearchGate website:
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