Every week, the Palestinian Authority cabinet meets and issues a summary of their session.
This week's session was unremarkable, as most of them are, but one of the declarations highlighted the basic fact that the Palestinians' top priority never has been an independent state.
The council promotes Arab efforts to support our unchanging national rights, in particular our people's right to return, and to get rid of the occupation and the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem.Nearly always, the "right to return" is highlighted before the other demands about "occupation." This shows that destroying Israel by flooding it with millions of Arabs is still the basic goal of the Palestinian leadership.
And every time they say they want an independent state they always include "with its capital in Jerusalem." Taking away Jewish rights to their holy places in Jerusalem is the fundamental aspect of their conception of a Palestinian state. Their demands for a state is a byproduct of their insistence of denial of Jewish rights to the holy city, not the actual goal.
After all, a state can exist without Jerusalem.
In July, the council said something similar:
The Council stressed that the refugee issue is the root of the Palestinian Israeli conflict, and that the right of return is a sacred right that is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of human Rights...and that is no solution to this conflict without a solution for Palestinian refugees who were driven from their homes, and destroyed their towns and villages and robbed of their land and their property by force and terrorism.The West loves to pretend that Palestinians are willing to compromise on things like "return." But most Western experts don't bother to read what they tell each other, every day, in Arabic.
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