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 â€œexpress his desire for dignity and self-determination for the
Palestinians. – U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster – 13 May, 2017
About “self-determination” – it’s 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 undignified.
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 ensure 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 of security.