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Expert: Anti-Israel UN Resolution Won’t Help Palestinians Achieve Statehood

Jonathan Schanzer
27th December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Last week’s vote in the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel “does nothing to help the Palestinians in practical terms,” Walter Russell Mead, a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote in an analysis Sunday.

Mead observed that while the Palestinians have developed an effective diplomatic program to promote their cause, they have failed to create the institutions necessary for successful statehood.

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In a September analysis written for Newsweek, Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president for research of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explained that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s rule was increasingly autocratic, with Abbas showing little interest in establishing effective government institutions.

"Political challengers are put down with brutality, press freedom has shriveled, and allegations of corruption swirl. The result is a brittle, autocratic government increasingly viewed as a tool for Abbas to wield power, rather than a state in the making."

The Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hamas, isn’t any better off, Schanzer wrote; Hamas rules Gaza “like a mob syndicate” which “continues to prepare for more conflict with Israel rather than dealing with the economic problems of the people it governs.”

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Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned in May that the West’s refusal to challenge the growing corruption and autocratic rule under Abbas “could have a devastating effect on the long-term prospects for a viable Palestinian state.”

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