has written off ‘West Bank’ and Gaza as a separate country
By David Singer– September 10, 2019
US State Department web site has removed the ‘West Bank’ and Gaza
(“disputed territories”) from its list of “Countries
and Areas” – signalling that it no longer regards these disputed
territories as potentially comprising a separate country – in addition to
Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
is the clearest indication yet that President Trump’s soon to be released deal
of the century will abandon the “two-state
solution” – the creation of another Arab State in the disputed
territories for the first time ever in recorded history – propagated by
President Obama and his former Secretary of State John Kerry.
US State Department web site under Kerry had included the
“Palestinian Territories” in the “List of Countries and Other Areas”
between 2009 and 2017.
had declared as
he prepared to vacate the State Department on 28 December 2016:
his Administration, President Obama has been deeply committed to Israel and its
security, and that commitment has guided his pursuit of peace in the Middle
East. This is an issue which, all of you know, I have worked on intensively
during my time as Secretary of State for one simple reason: because the
two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between
Israelis and Palestinians. It is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a
Jewish and democratic state, living in peace and security with its neighbors. It
is the only way to ensure a future of freedom and dignity for the Palestinian
people. And it is an important way of advancing United States interests in the
frankly admitted that America’s decision to abstain on United Nations Security
Council Resolution 2334 on
23 December 2016:
about preserving the two-state solution. That’s what we were standing up for:
Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living side by side in peace
and security with its neighbors. That’s what we are trying to preserve for our
sake and for theirs.”
was consumed by his own ignorance and arrogance when proclaiming:
there are a number – there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians
living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice.
They can choose to live together in one state, or they can separate into two
states. But here is a fundamental reality: if the choice is one state, Israel
can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both – and it won’t ever
really be at peace. Moreover, the Palestinians will never fully realize their
vast potential in a homeland of their own with a one-state solution.”
obviously did not dawn on Kerry that there was another alternative to his “one
state or two states” mantra: the division of the West Bank and Gaza between
Israel, Jordan and Egypt in direct face to face negotiations to complete the
allocation of sovereignty in former Palestine – not an Arab entity – between
Arabs and Jews first contemplated by the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the San Remo
Conference and the Treaty of Sevres in 1920, and the 1922 League of Nations
Mandate for Palestine.
and Kerry’s treacherous act of abstaining on Resolution 2334 was swiftly repudiated by
the House passing H
-Res 11 by 342
votes to 80 on 5 January 2017.
PLO has committed political hara-kiri since – refusing
to negotiate with Israel on Trump’s yet-to-be-released peace plan –
vacating the field to other Arab states including Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia
to fill the negotiating void.
State Department’s recently re-designed website sends a clear message to Arab
states wanting to end the Jewish-Arab conflict to come to the negotiating table.