The emergence of an independent Palestinian state alongside the
State of Israel has been on the books for a long time. Delayed for
decades by the stubborn refusal of Palestinians and Israelis to
recognize each other's national rights and aspirations, it is now,
at the end of the 20th century, finally in sight. Whilst support
among the Palestinians for statehood is unanimous, polls show that
over 60 percent of Israelis consider the establishment of a
Palestinian state inevitable. The Labor party removed its
opposition to it from its political platform on the eve of the May
1996 parliamentary elections.
Nevertheless, a majority of Israel's electorate chose for prime
minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a man whose political credo totally
rejects the creation of a Palestinian state.
Does that mean that, as long as Mr. Netanyahu remains in power, the
Palestinians have to shelve all hope of independence?
Possibly, but not certainly.
Many Palestinian and non-Palestinian experts as w
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