[Letters] Creation of a Palestinian state?The creation of Palestine in the absence of a peace agreement might well prove to be the final nail in the coffin of any prospects for peace. Once again, any incentive for the Palestinians to work toward peace has been eliminated. The carrot didn’t work, and the stick didn’t work, and there is little reason to believe that establishing Palestine will bring peace.
The timing could not be more absurd: all over the Middle East unsuccessful regimes are falling. Yet the world is eager to create another one. Who will lead this country? Will it be Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group that will never agreeing to peace with Israel, but was democratically elected by the Palestinians? Or will it be Mahmoud Abbas, who is described as “moderate” (though who isn’t moderate when compared to Hamas?), who notably was not given the support of the Palestinian majority during their most recent elections, and has long overrun his term as president?
The establishment of Palestine might well be the right thing to do in the right circumstances at the right time, but neither of those conditions can apply at the moment.
Michelle Moshelian, Givatayim, Israel