Weekly Commentary: Human Dignity Not National Dignity - A Critical Shift In
The Abraham Accords
Dr. Aaron Lerner 18 September 2020
"The Government of the State of Israel and the P.L.O. team ...strive to live
in peaceful coexistence and mutual dignity..."
Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements September
"If this peace does not achieve two objectives, namely the dignity of the
Palestinians in regaining the land and regaining their rights, it is
Abu Ala, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Al-Sharq Al Awsat
(London) December 3, 1996
" a diplomatic and peaceful solution that allows for two states, side by
side, in peace and security; a state that allows for the dignity and
sovereignty of the Palestinian people..."
President Obama 17 March 2014
For over a quarter of a century Palestinian "national dignity" was cited to
reject pretty much anything relating to accepting or tolerating the
expression of the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.
Palestinian national dignity has also served as an excuse for resisting any
and all reforms in the Palestinian educational system and elsewhere to cease
the incessant propaganda against the Jewish State.
Considerations for national dignity have also had a negative impact on the
development and implementation of security arrangements and measures.
And then came The Abraham Accords.
"peace in the Middle East and around the world based on mutual understanding
and coexistence, as well as respect for human dignity"
The Abraham Accords Declaration September 15, 2020
Human dignity rather that national dignity.
This has the potential to be far more than just a change in slogans.
It has the potential to mark the removal of a major barrier to, as The
Abraham Accords puts it, mutual understanding and coexistence.
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