NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR DISCUSS RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIABILITY OF POSSIBLE PALESTINIAN STATE

June 9, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an opinion editorial they co-authored for today’s edition of TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and George Mason University Law Professor Michael I. Krauss discuss the question of who is responsible for the viability of any possible Palestinian state in the Middle East.

The two professors’ commentary, entitled “Creating Palestine,” takes issue with some of the assertions frequently raised concerning the “legitimacy” of any future international borders between the state of Israel and whatever entity emerges among the Palestinians, especially if the borders end up having to be set unilaterally by the former in the absence of a responsible negotiator for the latter. They argue that more important for viability than contiguity, size, or natural resources of any future Palestinian state—which, they contend, is not the international legal responsibility of Israel or the United States—is its human capital, which depends on governance, including a liberal (as opposed to democratic) constitution, economic freedom, educational investment, and commitment to the rule of law.

The essay can be read by clicking here.