It's not all that complicated. In essence, the harmonizing promise of Palestinian demilitarization is pure subterfuge, both operationally and jurisprudentially. Accepting this promise as a reliable path toward Middle East peace would only bring the region to an even more corrosive condition of conflict. To stubbornly birth "Palestine" on such an illusory contingency, only a myopic gravedigger could expectantly wield the forceps.
Louis Rene Beres is a professor of International Law at Purdue University. Born in Zurich, Switzerland at the end of World War II, he is the author of many major books and articles dealing with world politics, law, literature, and philosophy.
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