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Should There Be a Palestinian State?

PRO (yes)

Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of Israel, in a Oct. 8, 2000 interview with Washington Post columnist Lally Weymouth, when asked "Should there be a Palestinian state?," responded:

"As long as it is reached by an agreement, not a unilateral act, and there is no army there--just a demilitarized zone with restrictions on the size of the police force and the number of heavy weapons.

And there should be understandings and cooperation on the economy. If they should decide to make their area a free-trade zone, they could destroy us. There must be open borders between the Palestinian entity and Israel. Practically, there is a Palestinian state in creation. The Arabs should not take any unilateral steps, because Israel will have to annex those areas under our control."

Oct. 8, 2000 - Ariel Sharon 

Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, in his Nov. 12, 2004 remarks made with President Bush, released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary, stated:

"If we want a viable Palestinian state, we need to make sure that the political, the economic, and the security infrastructure of that state is shaped and helped to come into being. We will mobilize international opinion and the international community in order to do that."

Nov. 12, 2004 - Tony Blair 

George W. Bush, MBA, US President, in an Apr. 6, 2002 radio address stated:

"The United States is on record supporting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a Palestinian state."

Apr. 6, 2002 - George W. Bush, MBA 

Nasser al-Kidwa, DDS, former Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations, in a Dec. 20, 2001 General Assembly emergency session, stated that:

"The only solution was ending the occupation and realizing the rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital."

Dec. 20, 2001 - Nasser al-Kidwa, DDS 

Yukio Sato, then Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, in a General Assembly emergency session on Dec. 20, 2001, stated:

"Japan sincerely hoped the day would soon come when two States, Israel and Palestine, could live together peacefully within secure and recognized borders. But no progress towards Middle East peace could be expected unless Israel and the Palestinian Authority ended the use of violence and made serious efforts to resume negotiations. Both parties must redouble their efforts to attain a lasting peace based on harmony and cooperation."

Dec. 20, 2001 - Yukio Satoh 

Shimon Peres, former Israeli Prime Minister, in a May 1998 La Monde Diplomatique editorial titled "Why Israel needs a Palestinian state," wrote:

"For Israel to remain a Jewish state, both morally and demographically, it needs a Palestinian state."

May 1998 - Shimon Peres 

CON (no)

Dick Armey, PhD, former US House of Representatives Majority Leader (R-TX), in a May 1, 2002 Hardball interview with Chris Matthews, stated:

"I am content to have Israel occupy the land it now occupies and to have those people who have been aggressors against Israel retired to some other area, and I would be happy to have them make a home. I would be happy to have all of these Arab nations that have been so hell bent to drive Israel out of the Middle East to get together, find some land and make it a home for the Palestinians. I think it can be done."

May 1, 2002 - Dick Armey, PhD 

Ze'ev B. Begin, PhD, son of the late Prime Minister Menahem Begin and former Member of the Israeli Knesset, in a 1991 Foreign Affairs article titled "The Likud Vision for Israel at Peace," wrote:

"Legitimate rights [of the Palestinians] do not include the right to establish another Arab state, especially as we know that such a state would eventually be established upon the ruins of the state of Israel.

We must make every effort to reach an agreement with our Arab neighbors based on mutual respect, but we must not yield to the false claim that such an agreement must be based on the fictitious recognition of a 'symmetry' between the rights of the Jewish nation and that small portion -- one percent -- of the Arab nation in the western Land of Israel."

1991 - Ze'ev Benjamin Begin, PhD 

Joseph Farah, Editor of World Net Daily, in a July 11, 2002 article titled "Palestinian People Do Not Exist," wrote:

"In the history of the world, Palestine has never existed as a nation. The region known as Palestine was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their ancestral homeland. It was never ruled by Arabs as a separate nation." 

July 11, 2002 - Joseph Farah 

Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East analyst and commentator, in a Feb. 21, 2002 USA Today commentary titled "No to Palestinian state," wrote:

"A PLO state will only guarantee unending war, drawing in all like-minded nations. The simple answer, instead, would be to create a vast separation from Israel, resettling the Palestinians in Jordan, where 80% of the population already is Palestinian."

Feb. 21, 2002 - Emanuel A. Winston 

Yaron Brook, PhD, Executive Director, and Peter Schwartz, Chairman of the Board, of the Ayn Rand Institute, in a 2001 article titled "Israel has a Moral Right to Its Life," wrote:

"As long as the Palestinians sanction aggression, they should not be permitted their own state."

2001 - Peter Schwartz 
Yaron Brook, PhD