[Ed. – Truth-bomb. This isn’t just about the PLO/PA and the Palestinian Arabs. It’s about the standard for establishing sovereign statehood. We’ve seen enough trouble from recognizing Kosovo out from under Serbia; we don’t need to keep the practice going. Upholding the standards that keep predators from assailing all our borders and declaring states right and left may be a job no one else wants to do — but that’s why America has to.]
National security adviser John Bolton defended calling Palestine a “so-called state,” saying Wednesday “it is not a state.”
Bolton, speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room, said that denying Palestine’s statehood isn’t counterproductive as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a Mideast peace plan.
“It’s not a state now. It does not meet the customary international law test of statehood,” he said. “It doesn’t control defined boundaries. It doesn’t fulfill normal functions of government. There are a whole host of reasons why it’s not a state.”
“It could become a state, as the president said, but that requires diplomatic negotiations with Israel and others,” Bolton continued.