For the first time in its 50-year history, the Palestinian Fatah party — the party of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, and the dominant party in the PLO — has officially adopted the principle of a two-state solution.
Holding its first convention since 1989, before the inception of the Oslo process, Fatah decided in Bethlehem earlier this month that its goal is the creation of a State of Palestine alongside a sovereign State of Israel in the pre-1967 borders. (The umbrella PLO had already made such a decision, years ago.)
So why isn’t the Israeli government applauding — especially after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu begrudgingly adopted a watered-down two-state formula back in June? Click here for this entire commentary by Meretz USA’s executive director, Ron Skolnik.