If you’ve been wondering what the Palestinian Authority is actually trying to accomplish by asking the U.N. General Assembly to recognize an independent Palestinian state, Evelyn Gordon of Ha’aretz provides an answer in a column for Commentary:

It’s eminently fitting the woman the Palestinian Authority chose to formally launch its statehood bid is a proud mother of five murderers, of whom one is now dead while the other four are serving life sentences in Israel. After all, a woman who teaches her sons to kill Israelis even at the expense of their own welfare is the perfect emblem of a Palestinian state dedicated to destroying Israel even at the expense of its people’s welfare. And if that accusation seems far-fetched, just consider the shocking interview the PLO’s ambassador to Lebanon, Abdullah Abdullah, gave the Lebanese Daily Star last week:

The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state…

This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that “even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.”

Abdullah said that the new Palestinian state would “absolutely not” be issuing Palestinian passports to refugees…

“When we have a state accepted as a member of the United Nations, this is not the end of the conflict. This is not a solution to the conflict. This is only a new framework that will change the rules of the game.”

What’s going on here is that the PLO has no intention of living peacefully alongside Israel as the latter is currently constituted. It is determined to get the “right of return” for as many Palestinians as possible, so as to shift the demographic balance and turn Israel into yet another Arab state (one that would surely expel Jews, just as virtually every other Arab country has over the last six decades), so it must continue to maintain their status as “refugees” rather than give them the blessings of citizenship.

Gordon notes that a total of 1.8 million Palestinians would remain “refugees”  even in an independent Palestine. That’s not the action of a government that cares about its people. That’s a government that is determined to change the character, and ultimately destroy, a neighbor. The Arab nations have been using the Palestinians as a cudgel with which to beat Israel for over sixty years now. Apparently, some Palestinians have no qualms about using other Palestinians the same way.