Automatic english translation :

A Palestinian state is vital for Israel

THE WORLD | 21.09.2011 at 13:39 • Updated on 21.09.2011 at 16:41

By Ofer Bronchtein, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Samuel Goldstein and Bernard Kouchner

Mirage diplomatic unilateralism and cons-productive for some, the ultimate means of pressure on the Israeli government considered too uncompromising for others to initiate utility showdown at the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state divided.

However, without assuming the relevance of the positions of each other and the content of the debates that are open to the UN, it seems now – like many Israeli intellectuals and personalities – it n ‘ has never been so vital to Israel “arms wide open to the Palestinian state.” Vital first because the “Arab Spring”, though fragile, changing the balance of the region inherited from decolonization. An old authoritarian elite tends to give way to a new generation and claiming freedom-loving democracy.

This emergence is, on the one hand, democracy is Israel a historic opportunity to create new relationships with neighbors whose future leaders should have a political culture closer to hers and will not be coming generations shaped by conflicts that have taken place since 1948. Recognition of a Palestinian state by Israel, to be followed by negotiations between the parties to define the boundaries between the two countries, paving the way for peace and recognition of Israel by the Arab and Muslim countries.

But this new person in the Arab world, on the other hand, and frankly, as the scheduled end of benevolence which Israel previously enjoyed with many of its Western backers, because of the contrast displayed with the dictatorships of its Arab neighbors. Empathy which has benefited Israel could decline. Vital because then the possibility of establishing a viable Palestinian state has never been so tangible.

Lack of perspective

Supported by the European Union unanimously reiterated in December 2009 its strong support for the creation of a Palestinian state, the strategy of building the institutions of a modern state, launched in recent years by the Palestinian Authority, become a true success. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund estimate that the Palestinian Authority has those institutions worthy of a full-fledged state, while Western diplomats note that there are more state in Palestine – the State its main functions of government, governance, budget, security – that in many states formed in the world.

Besides, how not to draw parallels between the Palestinian Authority and the Yishuv today – the Jewish community in Palestine – before the creation of the State of Israel, which already had its governmental and only waiting for international recognition exist as a state? The Jewish world can not but an aspiration so similar to that which prevailed in the creation of the State of Israel.

But the lack of political perspective undermines the work done by the Palestinian Authority and the risk of nullifying despair as regaining ground among the Palestinian population. And this could also go exasperation growing when the “Arab Spring” will to reverse their gains statements.

Vital finally at a time when Israel is experiencing a social movement unprecedented in its history, which calls into question the economic and social balances long-established in a country whose defense spending accounted for 8% of GDP. Doubt that peace with the Palestinians is one of the growth engines of the future and a social model more efficient. In all this, the need to create a Palestinian state has never been greater, and this creation is not only vital for the survival of the State of Israel, but also in accordance with its founding principles.