The Palestinian Statehood Bid Explained
For decades, the Palestinians have been pushing for statehood. What exactly qualifies a state for statehood?By Elizabeth Hagedorn | January 7, 2015
For decades, the Palestinians and Israelis have been at odds over how to create long-term peace in the region. (Video via William J. Clinton Presidential Library)
With talks between the two sides on hold, the Palestinians are pursuing a different strategy — getting the international community to recognize Palestine as an independent state. But what exactly qualifies a state for statehood?
The most commonly cited criteria are found in this document. According to the 1933 Montevideo Convention, a state must have "a permanent population; a defined territory; a government; and the capacity to enter into relations with other states."