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Middle East peace? Can the rejection of PA by young Palestinians lead to a bi-national state with Israel?



Obada Nawawra spoke with friends in a restaurant in Bethlehem. Outside the window, the terraced hills rolled around the old West Bank into the distance. It was early June, and most restaurants were closed to Ramadan; Apart from a tourist desk, the large square was almost empty. As the conversation shifted to the theme of the Palestinian Authority (PA) -the semi-autonomous government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank-the inactive waiters were getting closer to Nawawra's table.

The 25-year-old took a historically mainstream position: The PA is an important institution for keeping peace in Palestinian enclaves. "Without the authority," he said, there would be lawlessness ̵

1; "more crime and drugs." A boyish-looking waiter was incredulous: "How is the authority good? Before, was there more crime?" Another waiter, a woman in her twenties, answered, "No!" Other restaurant workers added their disapproval – an increasingly popular one Attitude among Young Palestinians.

After years of allegations of corruption and collusion with Israel, the PA is viewed with increasing suspicion by this generation, whose parents dreamed of a Palestinian state and an end to Israeli occupation, but they have observed illegal Israeli immigration They have listened to the barrage of far-right Israeli politicians, such as the Likud Party, who called for a "Greater Israel" that would take back the territory and not give it away, watching how the Arab world came closer to Israel and theirs Attention to the threat posed by Iran.