How the Palestinians Created Their Own Plight

Mahmoud Abbas

It is easy to forget that, in 1947, when the United Nations recommended the creation of a Jewish state in Mandatory Palestine, the international body also recommended the creation of an Arab state—what would today be a national home for the Palestinians. The idea was to partition the land into two separate entities—in other words, a two-state solution. Indeed, in 1988, the Palestine National Council described the partition resolution as what “still provides those conditions of international legitimacy that ensure the right of the Palestinian Arab people to sovereignty.”