I WROTE IN in my last post about the serious danger posed if the US and European leader nations were to get sucked into the Palestinian plan for a unilateral declaration of statehood. I am somewhat relieved at this point to observe that the world has so far responded with an admirable measure of sanity in this matter.
Rather than offer a lot of comments here (especially considering that these things are still in a major state of flux), I’ll just make a few remarks on some of the more recent news items in this regard.
First, I applaud the government of Israel for publicly stating a warning that an attempt to circumvent commitments made by all sides since 1967 will jeopardize what little stability currently exists in the region. Several responsible media have reported this; here is a link to the Jerusalem Post: PM warns PA against unilateral moves.
Following that statement up with some particulars (they may only be a beginning, but they do give you some idea that Israel is not just blowing smoke), Jerusalem has indicated a willingness to annex some areas if need be, and to proceed with building in others.
Members of the US Congress and even the Obama administration have also wisely begun to speak out against this insanity. Here are two of several articles reporting this: Palestinians under world pressure not to declare state unilaterally (Haartez); US senator: Palestinian declaration will lead to chaos (Ynet).
And, most recently, even the European Union appears to be coming to its senses.
At least for now. The whole scene is constantly changing, and Abu Mazen has already tried to make a comeback statement (as indeed he must), but at least it looks for the moment that the world at large is not quite ready to hitch a ride in the hand basket to hell. Literally.
Maybe we can breathe a little, but that doesn’t mean we can quit watching. And, not to spoil the fun, but we still need to keep a keen eye on Iran.
As Scarlett said – tomorrow is another day.