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AUTONOMY: For Kurdistan within Iraq, Tibet within China, so for Palestine?

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Oct 12, 2018 at 23:07

Dear Daniel Pipes,

"It's elementary, my dear Watson," as Sherlock Holmes would say, that under the stewardship of JOHN BOLTON as head of Trump's National Security Counsel, that something (quite) a bit less will be imposed upon the Palestinians, Jordanians, and Egyptians (in that order of imposition). And you happen to be particularly well placed to anticipate that solution. In brief, there will be something more akin to AUTONOMY rather than FULL SOVEREIGNTY regarding PALESTINE. What makes your capacity for anticipating "Trump's Deal of the Century," is at least your connection to John Bolton through your common closeness to the GATESTONE INSTITUTION.

The two (2) thesis from which the Deal emanates are in your Web Page article entitled (1) JORDAN IS PALESTINE, and (2) this one, THREE-STATE SOLUTION.

The Kurds in Iraq have already achieved Autonomy within Iraq; the Tibetans, unfortunately, are only dreaming of Autonomy within their historic homeland in the west of China.

Yes, the Oslo Accord is dead. But the Peace, Pacification, will come from the the orchestration of the United States, with Egypt. In Gaza, Egypt and Qatar are imposing financial solutions, in competition with the Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. And Hamas and Islamic Jihad are themselves in competition. This is all good because the Economic imposition with benefit the common people (with electricity) while the intransigent leadership will be further weakened - making the Soverign Palestinian State less realizable.

Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority will simply continue to exist, thus enabling Legislative and Political "rights" to function De Facto; but regarding De Jure, the fault will be born by Palestinian Leadership (Abbas, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad; this all pertains to the Collective Political rights of PALESTINE in which there already is a government in Ramallah in the West Bank, and the two (2) Holy Sights of the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque are already under Jordanian Waqf Jurisdiction.

Regarding the other Political rights of the Palestinian People, individually, there are the three (3) interconnected questions of Citizenship, Residency, and Passports.

The easiest issue to solve, is that of Passports. Here, the United Nations should be confronted to grant all nationally "homeless" Palestinians an International Passport so that they might be able to travel to all countries which at the very least recognize the Palestinian State; but certainly all Arab countries, and all Muslim Majority countries should recognize such passports for cross-border entry purposes.

Regarding Residency, Israel already recognizes Palestinian residency rights as a matter of their Civil Rights. On the other hand, Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem already have their Jordanian Citizenship - and it was NOT revoked in 1988 when Jordan washed its hands of these two since 1949 Jordan Occupied Territories. The United States, together with Saudi Arabia should Diplomatically, and Economically, force the Hashemite Kingdom to accept such Palestinian Peace Terms.

There there is the question of building a relatively small Mega-city on the East Bank of the Jordan River for Palestinian Jordanians with Reparation Benefits to acquire - OWN - a home on the condition that they renounce their RIGHT OF RETURN to their no longer in existence homes in Israel, Jerusalem, or the West Bank.

This is far from a complete outline of the anticipated Trump Deal - but I think it has the Initial Terms of the Peace Plan,and it does not require the acquiescence of the Palestinian "Leadership" in Gaza or Ramallah.

Conclusion. Not other "VICTIM" Peoples in History have demanded SO MUCH from such a WEAK POSITION. But that's because all the Arab and Muslim-Majority countries were in support of "PALESTINE."

But now, after the dramatic failure of the Arab Spring, and ISIS, the Arab Regimes are naturally siding with Israel against Palestine, especially because of Shea Iran, while most of the Contiguous Arab countries, except for Hezbollah dominated Lebanon, are on the side of Israel. And so, there is the 2002 NORMALIZATION possibility being realized and accepted by the ARAB LEAGUE in the foreseeable future whether or not Abbas accepts it, or lives long enough to see it implemented without his Maximum demands having been realized (most likely, as the saying goes, "he'll be turning in his grave").

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