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Middle Eastern Analyst Micah Halpern Has Been Thinking

A 3 State Solution Not 2
KGAB's Middle Eastern Analyst Micah Halpern
By Micah Halpern

Thursday April 14, 2011

I’ve Been Thinking:

PA Prime Minister Salim Fayyad has begun to make public his economic plan for Palestinian statehood.

Fayad has distributed his plan to donor nations scheduled to meet in June. He hopes to collect $5 billion in order to put his three-year plan into place. The plan is to present statehood to the General Assembly of the United Nations in September.

By all estimates the decision will fly through the United Nations.

The Fayyad plan is very detailed. He lists dollar amounts required to build, stimulate and create a stable economy that will become self sufficient over time. The declaration of statehood and recognition by the world is pretty straight forward. The PA will ask that a Palestinian state be established in the post ’67 West bank and Gaza areas – the terminology used by the Palestinian Authority is the post 1967 occupied territories.

The major problem with the entire plan is that it speaks in detail about Gaza – both in terms of economic growth and the bureaucratic role it will play. But Gaza is not controlled by the PA. Hamas controls Gaza and they threw the Palestinian Authority out in a coup.

This plan would create a 3-state solution, not a 2-state solution. There would be one Israeli state, one Palestinian state in the West Bank and one Hamas state in Gaza.

Three, not two.

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