Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week said the violent overthrow of Tunisia’s government effectively highlights why it is a bad idea to rush into recognizing or establishing an independent Palestinian state.
Netanyahu explained that the Palestinian Authority is made up of armed warring factions. Even when the PA regime does manage to instill calm, it is through heavy-handed police-state measures, the very kind of thing that led to the Tunisian rebellion.
“We cannot simply say ‘We are signing a peace agreement,’ close our eyes and say ‘We did it,’ because we do not know with any clarity that the peace will indeed be honored,” said Netanyahu in a public statement.
Netanyahu was expressing the Israeli fear that the people it signs a peace agreement with today may not be in power tomorrow, and could be replaced by people with a totally different agenda.
Evidence that this is more than just possible, and is actually inevitable, can be seen in the Gaza Strip. Israel fully withdrew from Gaza in order to bolster the “moderate” regime of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. Instead, the Palestinian public saw it as a military victory for Hamas, and voted the blood-soaked terror group into power.
Netanyahu voiced his concern amid a wave of international recognition of a Palestinian state outside the framework of a peace agreement with Israel.