U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says the efforts to form a Palestinian state can’t succeed while the Palestinians are divided under different governments. The Palestinian government is trying to achieve statehood through international recognition, first through a failed resolution in the United Nations Security Council, and now by joining the International Criminal Court.

Kirk, a staunch supporter of Israel, says Palestinians “aren’t ready” for their own state, since Palestinians aren’t unified under a single government. 

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“So if the leader signs a peace treaty, in case of the Palestinians there are 17 different security organizations that don’t respond to their leaders, so any peace agreement they sign is not worth the paper it’s signed on,” Kirk said.

The Palestinians officially have a united government after several years of divided control in Palestinian territory. The unity government has complained that Hamas, the group that seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 and has been labeled a terrorist organization, hasn’t relinquished control of the region.

The Israeli government has claimed the moves for international recognition by Palestinians are their way of avoiding direct peace negotiations with Israel.

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