What Are the International Criteria For Statehood?
According to International law, a sovereign state is:
1) A state that a defined territory on which it exercises internal and external sovereignty.
2) A state that has a permanent population.
3) A state that has a government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other sovereign states.
4) It is also normally understood to be a state which is neither dependent on nor subject to any other power or state.
Looking at the above, which I gleaned from the Internet it would seem that according to:
1) That the PA bid fails because even though it could be argued that the PA controls certain areas of the West Bank, it has no control over its external sovereignty at all, because Israel controls it.
2) Well around 2,568,000 Palestinians live in the West Bank, around 193,000 in East Jerusalem which is not under PA control and around 1,700,000 in Gaza which Hamas controls and Hamas totally rejects the very idea of Statehood; so who knows how this might be interpreted. But the bid would almost certainly fail on this criterion.
3) Well the PA doesn’t have an elected government, and the one that it does have would be quickly taken over by Hamas it it weren’t protected by Israel.
4) The PA is almost totally dependent on donor nations for money. and on Israel for its utilities.
I personally can’t see how then, based on the above, how the West Bank qualifies for Statehood, but please let me have some feedback in case I’m missing things.