Israeli human rights lawyer Calev Myers, who has done much to defend the local Messianic Jewish community, says most average Palestinians no longer believe in or desire a two-state solution.
Myer’s and his Jerusalem Institute of Justice were recently invited to present the findings of their research before the French Parliament, the Paris Institute of Political Science and other leading institutions in France.
“…the vast majority of Palestinians living in the disputed territories, who do not receive a salary from the Palestinian Authority, would prefer to be citizens of Israel, rather than the proposed state of Palestine,” Myers wrote in a report of the advocacy trip.
A central part of Myer’s long struggle for basic human rights in this land has been taking on the Palestinian Authority, which receives a historically unprecedented amount of international financial aid that never seems to trickle down to the people in need.
“Over the past twenty years, the Palestinian Authority received approximately 26 billion dollars from the international community to build the infrastructure of a future state,” Myers noted. “Tragically, it decided to invest these precious resources on other goals, particularly the personal enrichment of corrupt leaders, as well as military armament for the destruction of Israel.”
Given this situation, and the comparably high living standards of the Arab citizens of Israel, Myers argues that “the Palestinian people no longer believe in two states for two peoples,” and that a one-state solution is now preferable.