The Complexities of Establishing a Palestinian State: Unveiling the Neglected Realities

William Lewis

Updated Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 9:06 AM CDT

The Complexities of Establishing a Palestinian State: Unveiling the Neglected Realities

Historical Factors Influencing the Non-establishment of a Palestinian State by Jordan and Egypt

Throughout history, the establishment of a Palestinian state has been a contentious issue, with various nations involved in the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Jordan and Egypt, in particular, played significant roles in the region but did not establish a Palestinian state during their occupation. This article aims to explore the reasons behind this decision and shed light on the neglected realities surrounding the conflict.

Jordan and Egypt's Non-recognition of Israel's Sovereignty

One key reason why Jordan and Egypt did not establish a Palestinian state during their occupation of Gaza and the West Bank was their refusal to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the rest of the territory. Their political agenda aimed to eradicate Israel and establish a Palestinian state encompassing the entirety of the territory. This ideological stance hindered any efforts towards a peaceful resolution and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Egypt's Pan-Arabism and Expansionist Ambitions

Egypt, under the leadership of Gamal Abdel Nasser, had aspirations of reviving a new Ottoman Empire, with Egypt at its helm. Nasser believed in Pan-Arabism, advocating for the unity of all Arab states under the banner of Egypt. The creation of the Arab League was a step towards establishing a federal government for all Arab nations. In this pursuit, Egypt saw the swallowing up of other countries as part of their plan, including the possibility of annexing Arab states like Libya.

Jordan's Transition and the Complex Power Structure

Jordan's Transition and Territorial Renaming

Jordan, originally known as Transjordan, had only become a country a few years before Israel's establishment. When Jordan occupied the West Bank, they renamed themselves Jordan, after the river that runs through the territory. The inclusion of Palestinians in Jordan did not drastically alter the multi-religious, multi-ethnic nature of the state, as it had already been a diverse society.

The Invention of the Arab Palestinian Nation

The notion of an Arab Palestinian nation was primarily invented as a political weapon against the Jews. A Palestinian political thinker once stated that there is no distinction between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese, and the creation of a Palestinian state was merely a means to continue the struggle against Israel for Arab unity. This perspective adds another layer of complexity to the conflict and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Fear of Extremism and the Complexity of the Conflict

Fear of Extremist Threats within Palestine

Both Jordan and Egypt were apprehensive about the potential threat posed by extremist groups within Palestine. While the extent of this threat is debatable, it influenced their decision not to establish a Palestinian state. The fear of extremist groups and the associated risks further contribute to the complexity of the conflict.

Neglected Well-being of Palestinians and Lack of Support

The well-being of Palestinians has not been a priority for many nations involved in the conflict. Palestinians have often been seen as pawns in a larger political game, with even their Arab "brothers" failing to integrate them into their societies or improve their lives. The lack of support from surrounding nations has further marginalized the lives of ordinary Palestinians.

The Palestinian Cause as a Neglected Political Tool

The Palestinian cause has been exploited as a political tool, overshadowing the lives of ordinary Palestinians. Many surrounding nations, including Arab states, have not taken significant actions to improve the lives of Palestinians, aside from starting wars and supporting terrorist activities. This neglect has perpetuated the complexity and unresolved nature of the conflict.

The Ongoing Complexities and Neglected Realities

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is far more intricate than it is often portrayed. It requires a deeper understanding of the historical, political, and social factors at play. The lack of integration of Palestinians into surrounding Arab societies and the diminishing interest of Arab states in the Palestinian cause have further complicated the situation. The ongoing complexities and neglected realities contribute to the unresolved nature of the conflict.

The establishment of a Palestinian state by Jordan and Egypt during their occupation of Gaza and the West Bank was influenced by various historical and political factors. The non-recognition of Israel's sovereignty, Pan-Arabism ambitions, fear of extremism, and the neglect of the well-being of ordinary Palestinians have all played a role in the complexities of the conflict. The ongoing complexities and neglected realities surrounding the conflict emphasize the need for a deeper understanding and sustainable solutions to achieve lasting peace in the region.

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