Hope doesn’t make a governable state. Here again, as with all the blood and treasure squandered on “hearts and minds” in Iraq and Afghanistan (often translating into millions of dollars lost in the wrong hands) we see foreign policy based on wishful thinking and a fixation on other people’s “feelings.” We have already witnessed the disaster of policy-making that is based at heart on such speculation and the self-congratulating, hubris-laden expectation that the way things “ought” to work out is the way they will work out because the action taken was rooted in good intentions.
The global war on “underlying causes” that we find ourselves in turns a blind eye to the reality that countries and territories are not emotional entities that would straighten up and fly right if they just felt better. It is indeed condescending not to take into account that a given territory’s governing entity is as rational, shrewd and calculating as the next one, and has its own agenda to advance.
The PA wants the UN to do its dirty work for it, to be handed a state in an exception to the usual expectations of international law. Speaking of “hope,” the PA likely hopes the need to define the new state’s borders will set up a UN-mandated land grab on behalf of “Palestine,” granting a do-over and reversal of so many lost wars with Israel.
And what the UN gives “Palestine,” the PA expects the UN will feel obligated not to allow to fail, even though the entity that would result would be unable to govern itself, and utterly dependent on outside help for material sustenance, and to keep the peace between Palestinian rivals.
“Spain says it supports the Palestinian bid for statehood,” from Reuters, August 21:
MADRID – Spain hopes a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on Sept. 2 will bring progress towards the recognition of a Palestinian state, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Trinidad Jimenez said on Sunday.
“There’s the feeling that now is the time to do something, to give the Palestinians the hope that a state could become reality,” she said in an interview with El Pais newspaper published on Sunday.
“We have to give them some signal, because if we don’t it could generate great frustration for the Palestinian people.”
The meeting of EU foreign ministers in Sopot, Poland comes ahead of a United Nations General Assembly meeting later in September where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking to upgrade the Palestinians’ status, but is unlikely to emerge with full UN membership for his country.
More likely is an upgrade of the Palestinian territories to become a non-member state from its current status as an observer. That would not need Security Council approval and would elevate the Palestinians’ UN status to equal that of the Vatican.
The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) postponed on Saturday the presentation of findings on the possible repercussions of a Palestinian declaration of statehood at the UN in September.
Mofaz has criticized the government numerous times in recent months, accusing it of being unprepared for the consequences of the expected UN vote.
“If the diplomatic process for September had been significant, most of the army”s preparations would not have been necessary,” he said after IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz briefed the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee last month.