Mourning the Palestinian State

Christopher Hitchens watches what is happening now in Gaza and mourns for what could have been – a “self-determined Palestinian state.”

[Hamas] knows very well that sanctions are injuring every Palestinian citizen, but-just like Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq-it declines to cease the indiscriminate violence and the racist and religious demagogy that led to the sanctions in the first place.  [ . . . ] At a time when democratic and reformist trends are observable in the region, from Lebanon to the Gulf, Hamas’ leadership is physically and economically a part of the clientele of two of the area’s worst dictatorships [Iran and Syria].  [ . . . ]  Gaza could have been a prefiguration of a future self-determined Palestinian state. Instead, it has been hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood and made into a place of repression for its inhabitants and aggression for its neighbors.

But long before Hamas “hijacked” the future Palestinian state, the actually existing one was doomed by its well-wishers who stood by and excused the Hobbesian state it promptly became — from the very first week after Israel turned over all of Gaza to “peace partner” Mahmoud Abbas so the Palestinians could live “side by side in peace and security.”

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Mourning the Palestinian State

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