One of the cornerstone understandings of the original Israeli-Palestinian peace process was that a future Palestinian state would be notably different from the neighboring Muslim Arab authoritarian regimes.
We now know that won't be the case, and evidence to that effect keeps mounting.
Take women's rights, for instance.
Currently, Israel is the one place in the Middle East where women enjoy full equality with men. The assumption was that a Palestinian state would be the same.
Nor do the Palestinians themselves want it to be.
A women's study conducted by the United Nations discovered that most Palestinians, both men and women, hold very troubling views when it comes to the treatment of the fairer sex.
Among Palestinian men, 64 percent believe that a woman who dresses provocatively (a subjective term) deserve to be raped. Fifty-two percent said that a women found in public places at night should suffer the same fate.
And once they've been raped, 57 percent of Palestinian men said these women must marry their assailants or risk brining "shame" to their families. If they do end up bringing "shame" to their families, 47 percent of respondents said these women should be murdered.
Unbelievably, the responses from women were almost identical to the men.
Most Palestinian women agree that fellow women should be raped for dressing a certain way or going out at night, and must either marry their rapist or be killed for bringing "shame" on their families.
Half of all Palestinian surveyed said they personally knew of an honor killing in their community in the previous year, and were not overly troubled by it.
This is the kind of state the Western world is trying to help birth. A state where human rights are secondary to Sharia Law.