Netanyahu does not know what to do next!
In the highly unlikely event that Netanyahu accepts the creation of a Palestinian state on the Palestinian Territories of Gaza and the West Bank with Jerusalem as its capital, such a move will signal the beginning of the end to the Zionist experiment in Palestine. This move, if it happens, will be the first significant retreat by the Zionist state of Israel in terms of its direct control over the whole of historic Palestine.
If a Palestinian state is not established, the Palestinian leadership is on record that it will go ahead with its plan and have the state of Palestine (which is a state under occupation) join international treaties, including joining the International Criminal Court. Together with that plan, the Palestinian leadership could dissolve the Palestinian National Authority and demand that the Israeli Government assumes its full responsibilities in its capacity as the Occupying Power in accordance with the Geneva Conventions, and more specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention. Such a move will provide new tools that were not available to the Palestinian leadership to continue the struggle against the Israeli policies and practices.
In the meantime, the nature of Palestinian struggle against the Israeli laws, policies, and practices within the boundaries of the state of Israel will be transformed to become a struggle against apartheid and discrimination. This anti-apartheid struggle will be extended to include all areas of the West Bank that has Jewish-only settlements, Jewish-only highways and roads (i.e. the sterilized roads), and Jewish-only public transportation vehicles, etc.
Abu-Mazen has succeeded in putting Netanyahu in a very tight place around which Netanyahu cannot freely maneuver. Netanyahu will not be able to get out of this tight place except through manufacturing a major military conflict with PLO, Hamas, Hizbu-Allah, Iran, or some other party in order to redirect the world’s attention away from the Israeli government’s responsibilities. Even then, such diversion will be temporary and the Israeli violation of international law as well as Israeli apartheid policies and practices will be displayed more clearly for the whole world to see and deal with.
Another temporary option is early election. There is a possibility that Netanyahu will call an early election to take attention away from his government’s performance to another waiting period of a new government in a few months. Such option will not resolve anything, but will put all movements on a temporary suspension. Netanyahu’s options are limited, and they can only get him – or any other Israeli prime minister, should he lose an early election – a few months after which the state of Israel will have to wake up, smell the coffee, and initiate a new beginning to start dealing with its responsibilities.
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