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Statehood includes the right for military buildup and alliances

Reader comment on item: Palestinian Statehood Is Acceptable ... Eventually

Submitted by PezDispenser (Israel), May 23, 2017 at 04:24

I'm not an expert in international law, but my understanding is that there is no ability to keep a sovereign country demilitarized nor prevent it from forming alliances with dangerous or unfriendly regimes. The Israeli red line has always included those two elements. Even if a future peaceful Palestinian state avoids alliances with Iran, they could give countries such as Russia, China, and Egypt as many bases on their territory as they want, even one day or fifty years after an agreement is signed.

Therefore, unless Israel gives in on these critical long term security defenses or unless a new category of "state minus" is created within the framework of international law or unless the Palestinians agree to an Israeli veto on their foreign and defense policies, I don't see how Israel could ever allow for full Palestinian independence.

Your thoughts, Dr. Pipes?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I require that the Palestinians be a transformed people before they can have statehood. Should that come to pass, then full sovereignty would not be a threat to Israel. Were it, then no sovereignty at all for them.

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