Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently declared that it’s time for the establishment of a Palestinian state. She went on to say, “The United States sees the establishment of a Palestinian state and a two-state solution as absolutely essential for the future, not just for Palestinians and Israelis but also for the Middle East and indeed to American interests.”

Not long ago, at the Knesset during a meeting with former Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom, he made it clear as to why there is not, and probably will not be, a Palestinian state in the near future. Shalom recalled a meeting with a Palestinian authority some time ago where he was openly encouraging a Palestinian state and asking what was the hold-up. The response was essentially: Because Israel wants it and that’s not good enough for us. Shalom’s response? "You must be kidding."

And finally, the truth was revealed as to why they are not willing to move forward: Palestinians are afraid of the responsibility that comes with being recognized as a state. They would have to abandon their terrorist attacks because there’s international law on how to handle state-sponsored terrorism. They would have to govern, set up constitutions and finally provide shelter and a better life for the many Palestinians who would come in droves to live in their own country. They would not be able to continue promulgating their rhetoric of victimization because they would have their own state. Nor would they be able to allow terrorist organizations to exist unhampered within their borders.

For now, Israel has become the faceplate of why the Palestinians suffer and make no progress. Once that faceplate is taken away, the world will see the Palestinians for what they are: corrupt, with a lack of vision and without the aptitude to lead their own or those Palestinians who desperately need a place to call home.