Palestine's last breath?
The Tale of Palestine
During the beginning of the 80’s a lot of European countries pivoted from their previous pro-Israel attitude towards a more sympathetic position for Palestine. Alongside the sympathy, the political stigma increased into seemingly two camps, a pro-Israel mainly supported by USA. Opposing the European countries, who generally are more pro-Palestine, or at least the political establishment is.
The issue is intricate and it is important to note that there is no right or wrong to the claim of the territory. It is rather different claims to the territory., made on different grounds. Therefore it can be confusing why western countries side with different sides. Perhaps the sympathy for Palestine started with the wars waged by Israel, when they went from victims to perpetrators in the eyes of many Europeans. A bit oxymoronic when you are reviewing the history of Europe.
The international politics of the issue
It seems as within Europe being on the side of Palestine is equivalent to be a supporter of peace, because that means you are pro a ‘two-state solution’. Many countries have therefore consequently recognised Palestine as a state. That would indicate that Israel is in the wrong and supporting Israel means supporting a non-peaceful solution. Is that really the case?
Both countries would probably be supporting a one state solution to their own benefit if that was an option. There is only one country which have a likely claim to become one state and that is Israel. Yet, it is not unlikely that Palestine would make the same claim if they were in the same position. When you look at the question at heart; it is ‘who has a claim to a land?’. Depending on how you look at it, both countries are in a right.
No right or wrong side
Strangely, Palestine is viewed as the ‘peaceful’ and ‘the underdog’, supported by the European Governments. When the Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas blames the holocaust on the jews. This becomes discrediting and demeaning for the European governments. However, it proves that there is no ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ side in the conflict. Both sides simply wants sole sovereignty over the same territory. History have taught us that this may happen from time to time. But, this situation has become very politicised. Would not an end if any end be a better outcome? There will surely be terrorism present as a consequence. But, that is already a common occurrence.
It was not too long ago the UK and the IRF were in a similar conflict. There too, terrorism became a common occurrence. Perhaps the biggest difference is then that the IRA and UK conflict was not as politicised as the Israel-Palestine. A conflict where the different sides have such obvious political colours. Where the left sides with Palestine and the right generally sides with Israel. This has lead to the oversimplification of a complex issue. However, this might paradoxically have lead to the solution. A solution which have the left infuriated. The solution of Trump.
The making of history..
The 14th of May 2018, something considered the death blow to Palestine happened. USA moved their embassy to Jerusalem. A move which has great symbolic significance. This move symbolised that the USA do not believe in a two-state solution. They recognise the religious city of Jerusalem as a part of a jewish state, rather than a Muslim (or Christian).
As it stands today, Palestine is completely dependant on foreign aid. Around 80% of their annual turnover is foreign aid, this is due to the Oslo Accord. However, is it sustainable to have a country dependant on foreign aid to survive? Can it be considered a sovereign state? What happens when the world stops paying their bills? What is a nation’s right to survive? The only thing that is evident is that there is a human right to life, but it’s being breached by both states. As time passes a two state solution becomes increasingly unsustainable. If this was before globalisation and international power plays the stronger state (Israel) would have ‘eaten’ the smaller state (Palestine). Our era is beyond that, nowadays, we seek peaceful solutions. Have we succeed?