Demilitarised, sandwiched between a hostile Jordanian-Israeli military alliance, unequally integrated with a far more powerful economy – wouldn’t [an independent State of] Palestine be no less subject to external command than other weak states with strong neighbours in an internationalised economy?  In which case, isn’t the idea that Palestinian statehood would enable meaningful self-determination for the Palestinian people wishful thinking?  Given how economically dependent and militarily overawed any State of Palestine is likely to be, is statehood – in short – worth it?

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