But by shaking the box, so to speak, the USG has opened the potential for thinking outside it. Is a 'one-state' solution possible with Egypt annexing Gaza and Jordan the West Bank? Is a 'three-state solution' with Israel, Palestine, and Gaza as states possible? Will a new status quo emerge? And does it matter, i.e., has Washington learned anything about diplomatic 'holes?'
The new administration had two choices: delay the release indefinitely while scrubbing the massive text down to the last semicolon to assure attitudinal compatibility with its views; or release it at an obscure time without publicity. The administration chose the latter approach.
The report stands as a basic benchmark for global treatment of human rights. It covers almost 200 entities in 2.3 million words of analysis and assessment. A number of countries employ it as one element for determining refugee claims validity.
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