The United States is working behind the scenes to recognize the Palestinian state. Various American media write about this, including Axios. Foreign commentator Bernard Hammelburg sees a clear explanation. “If there are ever negotiations on a two-state solution, it can only be between Israel and Palestine.”
‘US may want to recognize Palestinian state’
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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is visiting the region again this week. It is the fifth time that he has gone to the Middle East since the Hamas attack. According to Axios, Blinken has asked his ministry to look into recognizing Palestine.
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“This was the original plan,” Hammelburg says. ‘After the Six-Day War there should be a Palestine and an Israel.’ Palestine would then consist of two parts: the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Openly talking about a possible recognition of Palestine can also be a veiled message to other countries in the Middle East. ‘Many Arab countries want this. By switching to recognition, something can also be asked for in return.’ That makes this step a political decision, but possibly also the only path towards negotiations on a two-state solution. “That is only possible between Israel and Palestine,” Hammelburg indicates.
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Call to Palestinians
“But this is also an indirect appeal to the Palestinians themselves,” Hammelburg thinks. The Palestinians will have to contribute to breaking down Hamas. ‘Only when Hamas is gone can we talk about bringing the two parts of Palestine under one administration. And then the area can also be recognised.’