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Friday, June 22, 2007 

Who Will Be The First To Unilaterally Declare An Independent State of 'Palestine'?

Over the last week there have been lots of articles written about Gaza and the West Bank - Hammas and Fatah. Some pundits are placing their tongues in their cheeks with references to 'Hammastan' and 'Fatahstan'.

As cutesy as these little word plays are, it raises the serious question of which of the two sides will be the first to actually declare themselves as the State of Palestine with the accompanying flag and other trappings of statehood?

If you think that the Palestinian situation is complicated and volatile now, just wait and see what happens when one - or both of these camps unilaterally declares themselves as the legitimate State of Palestine.


What a horrible thought. An independent state of Gaza could never survive without mass starvation.

Jason, I agree totally. Think of the politics though that would come into play. Hammas would be able to allow the entire population to be 'martyrs' to their cause. Iran would probably be the first nation to officially recognize the new 'state'. China and a few other minor nations may recognize as well.

There would be the day to day challenge of blockade running.

The Muslim world would be in sympathy with the Gaza - Palestinians.

It would be a BLOODY MESS.

(But it is what I am predicting just might occur soon).

I smell Bush all over this mess. We had a golden opportunity to work out a peace with the Unity government, but now Israel, the US and the "moderate" Arab states are negotiation with and supporting Fatah alone. I'm not a big Hamas fan, but until they are brought into an agreement, there will be no peace.

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