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“The U.S. needs someone to first broker a peace deal between the Palestinians themselves,” wrote Jonathan Schanzer, author of Hamas vs Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine. He called the Palestinian internecine conflict a “bipartisan blind spot.”
One of the key tenets of viable statehood is being able to hold a monopoly on violence—meaning the government must be able to police its own state. Given that the Palestinians are currently divided between Palestinian Authority control in the West Bank and Hamas leadership in Gaza, a Palestinian state implemented tomorrow would likely be destined to fail. Consequences would befall Palestinians and Israelis alike.
Topping the list of benefits is intelligence. Last July Haaretz reported that in the battle against ISIS, “According to Western intelligence sources, Israel has supplied more intelligence to its allies than any other intelligence organization.” Other advantages include “combat testing of weapons systems and ensuring beneficial modifications.” A staggering 10-15% of ever new F-16 made in America consists of Israeli systems, and they include over 600 modifications introduced by Israel.
Perhaps most notably is the stipulation that the vast majority of aid money to Israel must be spent at United States companies, making nearly every dollar given to Israel essentially a boon to the at home economy.
Abu Toameh observed that while numerous foreign journalists are eager to report on Palestinians living in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, the same media outlets “seem to prefer turning a blind eye to the plight of Palestinians living in Arab countries.”
This oversight “harms first and foremost the Palestinians themselves and allows Arab governments to continue their policies of persecution and repression,” he wrote. “Palestinians in Syria are being murdered, tortured, imprisoned and displaced. The West yawns.”
More than 3,400 Palestinians have been killed over the course of the Syrian civil war, according to a report published by the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria. “[Nearly] 80,000 Palestinians have fled to Europe, while 31,000 fled to Lebanon, 17,000 to Jordan, 6,000 to Egypt, 8,000 to Turkey and 1,000 to the Gaza Strip,” the report added. Almost 200 Palestinians were said to have died of starvation or malnutrition due to sieges perpetrated by the Assad regime.