The leaks from Al-Jazeera about the extent to which Fatah would compromise came as no surprise to me (I mean that’s what you do in negotiations, right?). The simple truth is that there is not and never really has been a Palestinian state-in-waiting. There have been two with leaderships – Fatah and Hamas – who have wholly different goals. Hamas recall has in it’s charter a requirement for the destruction of Israel.
The two state solution (Israel and a cobbled together “Palestine”) is and always has been meaningless. The end result would look rather like the partition of India in miniature with Pakistan and what is now Bangladesh expected to be one country. Didn’t that turn-out lovely? I have been saying this for years. The only realistic solution is for Gaza and the West Bank to be two Palestinian states called – well, up to them really. I fervently hope people are beginning to realise this now and draw up a new “roadmap” (or whatever ridiculous metaphor) to reflect this simple geographical truth but I doubt it. The media certainly doesn’t seem to get it.