Urgent: Palestinian dignity is a bizarre goal for Trump
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 13 May 2017
"Trump plans, in talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to
"reaffirm America's unshakeable bond to the Jewish state" and in a meeting
with Abbas to “express his desire for dignity and self-determination for the
Palestinians.” U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster - 13 May, 2017
About "self determination" - its time for Prime Minister Netanyahu to make
it absolutely clear that the only relevant form of "self determination" for
the Palestinians is a form of autonomy. A NECESSARY condition for any truly
viable arrangement is that it does NOT provide for Palestinian sovereignty.
Ask any legal expert and they will tell you that if a sovereign Palestinian
state formed via a "fantastic deal" completely and utterly breaks the terms
of the deal it REMAINS a sovereign state.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that “dignity” is some noble criteria. A
purely positive and innocent requirement.
Because basically any security measure can be interpreted as being
What kind of dignity is there if shipments entering Palestinian territories
are subject to inspection?
What kind of dignity is there if the sovereign state of Palestine is subject
to measures to insure that weapons restrictions are honored?
What kind of dignity is there if Palestinians are arrested just because they
murdered some Israelis?
And it doesn't stop there.
Any expression of the connection of Jews to holy places offends Palestinian
Taken to its ultimate conclusion, Palestinian dignity is offended by the
very existence of the Jewish State!
“Dignity” is anything but a purely positive and innocent requirement.
I might add that it is an incredibly hypocritical position when one
considers that the United States has absolutely no problem violating the
dignity of hundreds of thousands of airline passengers each day in the name
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