The Palestine Papers reveal: threat of a one-state solution
Post date: 25-Apr-2011 09:09:11
Erekat: "I told the Americans [...] we have our BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement). We will not repeat what Arafat did. We will continue to maintain security, one authority, one gun, rule of law, but we will demand equal rights in one state…"
One of the WikiLeaks documents offers this option:
"Develop credible alternatives to the traditional two-state solution, such as a one-state, a binational state, etc.If adopted in lieu of the two-state solution, dissolve/utilize the PA and alter the mandate of the PLO accordingly."
A UN recognition will not change the hard facts on the ground, the settlements construction will probably continue in the West Bank. Anyway, Hamas will not satisfy itself with a Palestinian state in 67 borders, which would be tantamount to a recognition of Israel.
Conclusion: the Palestinian BATNA is on the way.
N.B.: I notice that Saeb Erekat said something about the One State:
"We will continue to maintain security, one authority, one gun, rule of law, but we will demand equal rights".
If I have well understood, Erekat is speaking of a national autonomy in the same state, with equal rights. Isn't it a federation?!