Professor Alan Johnson on the Palestinian ‘morning after’
Palestinian unilateralism has damaged the prospects for Palestinian statehood, according to Professor Alan Johnson, director and senior research fellow at BICOM, in World Affairs:
‘morning after. noun; plural, mornings after. a moment or period of realization in which the consequences of an earlier, ill-advised action are recognized or brought home to one.
The Palestinian “September” has come and gone. The standing ovation in which President Abbas basked in New York is only a warm memory, and all those portraits carried aloft in Ramallah are back in storage. Now, after the party, comes the morning after.
As I feared when writing at World Affairs in September (here and here), Palestinian unilateralism has damaged the prospects for Palestinian statehood. Adventurism in New York, far from producing a state in Palestine, has triggered a crisis in the Palestinian Authority (PA) itself.’
This analysis sets out the meaning and implications of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s declaration, in a speech to the UN, that Palestinians “cannot continue to be bound” by its agreements with Israel.