If you want to know what the Palestinians are going to do tomorrow, just listen to what US President Barack Obama says today.
In September 2010, at the UN General Assembly, Obama addressed the Israeli-Palestinian issue. “We have traveled a winding road over the last 12 months, with few peaks and many valleys,” he said.
“The conflict between Israelis and Arabs is as old as this institution. And we can come back here next year, as we have for the last 60 years, and make long speeches about it. We can read familiar lists of grievances. We can table the same resolutions. We can further empower the forces of rejectionism and hate. And we can waste more time by carrying forward an argument that will not help a single Israeli or Palestinian child achieve a better life.”
“Or,” he went on, “we can say that this time will be different – that this time we will not let terror, or turbulence, or posturing, or petty politics stand in the way. This time, we will think not of ourselves, but of the young girl in Gaza who wants to have no ceiling on her dreams, or the young boy in Sderot who wants to sleep without the nightmare of rocket fire.”
“This time,” Obama went on saying, “we should draw upon the teachings of tolerance that lie at the heart of three great religions that see Jerusalem’s soil as sacred. This time we should reach for what’s best within ourselves. If we do, when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the united nations – an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel.”
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That was it – all of a sudden September 2011 became a magic deadline for declaring a Palestinian state.
It wasn’t until Obama spoke of Palestine as a new member of the UN by September 2011 that this date suddenly became a benchmark.
Since that speech, the EU has consistently set September 2011 as a deadline of sorts, including referring to a “framework agreement by September 2011” in a statement released as recently as May 23 2011 by the heads of the EU countries.
The Europeans put this deadline in their statements, and the Palestinians have expressed their determination to fulfill Obama’s prophecy in September 2011 by asking for UN recognition of a Palestinian state.
A declaration of Palestinian statehood outside the context of a negotiated settlement is a violation of existing bilateral Palestinian-Israeli peace agreements, in particular – the Interim Agreement from 1995 (Article XXXI Final Clauses 7.), which expressly prohibits unilateral action by either side to change the status of the West Bank.
In an interview to FoxNews on September 19, 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had this to say to President Obama: “You promised me a state by September 2011. I hope you will deliver.”