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Should the US Recognize Palestine as a State?
The US Should Recognize Palestine as a State.
Public opinion in the US supports this step:
support an independent Palestinian state than oppose it.
Recognizing Palestine will directly benefit America.
Recognition of a Palestinian state is an important step in ending Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
Israel's occupation of territories acquired during the 1967 war is against international law. Recognition of Palestine as a State will force America to take a stance on the occupation (
Ben-Naftali et al., p. 609
Palestine is a legitimate state and deserves to be recognised as such.
The plight of the Palestinians vis-à-vis Israel is a contributing factor towards extremism far beyond these two countries. An American recognition of Palestine would undermine this.
US recognition of Palestine will improve Israel's security.
Israel has all but given up on the two state solution. The US must take this step to bring Israel back to the negotiating table.
The US should not support the two-state solution as it is not the best outcome for the region.
The Israeli people have a strong religious and/or historical claim to the Land of Palestine. They should therefore not be required to give up any territory on which they currently live.
The diplomatic recognition of Palestine alone will do little to help resolve the long-running conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Many Palestinians do not themselves support the two-state plan the US will base its recognition on. This makes it unlikely that such a plan will ever be successfully adopted.
Part of Palestine, the Gaza Strip, is ruled by
, a group that the US recognises as a radical Islamist terrorist group. Recognising a Palestine that is partially ruled by Hamas is equivalent to legitimising a terrorist organisation.
Palestinians refuse to recognise Israel specifically as a Jewish state; it is therefore hypocritical of them to demand that other actors recognise them as a legitimate state.
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