Skip to main content
Palestinians Need to Get Real About Israel
Palestinian demonstrators gather east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip on May 15, 2019, during a protest marking the 71st anniversary of Nakba. (MAHMUD HAMS/Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Palestinians Need to Get Real About Israel

Walter Russell Mead

As Palestinian officials nervously await the Trump administration’s peace plan, one fundamental reality shapes their long and bitter contest with Israel. Diplomatically, economically, militarily, Israel has never been stronger than it is today. By contrast, the Palestinian cause has never been in worse shape. Neither Hamas, which alternates between firing rockets and begging Israel to admit to Gaza the supplies it needs to stay in power, nor the Palestinian Authority, which is compromised by corruption and divided by factionalism, can find a viable policy either to defeat the Israelis or to make peace with them.

One result—as I saw on a recent visit sponsored by the Philos Project, a nonprofit Middle East engagement organization—is that Palestinians, especially young people, are increasingly giving up on having a state of their own. Instead they favor a “one-state solution”—a single, binational state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Yet in meetings with senior Palestinian Authority officials and political observers, it was clear that this is more a cry of despair than a serious political program. A Palestinian return to the policy of rejecting the two-state solution may spur American campus activists to new denunciations of “Israeli apartheid,” but it won’t help the Palestinian cause in the real world.

Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal here

Related Articles

Transcript: An Allied Response to Beijing’s COVID Obstructionism

David Asher & John P. Walters

Following is the full transcript of the Hudson Institute event titled An Allied Response to Beijing’s COVID Obstructionism ...

Continue Reading

Will Biden Keep His Promise to Australia and Keep China in Check?

John Lee

When Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton arrive in Washington this Thursday to meet with their American coun...

Continue Reading

On the Abraham Accords’ First Anniversary There’s Real Impact and Even Greater Potential

Robert Greenway

For generations, we imagined what achieving peace in the Middle East could bring to the region and its people. Today, with vast natural resources, asp...

Continue Reading