This Comment argues that the Declaration of Principles falls short of establishing a state of Palestine during the interim period provided for in the Declaration. However, this Comment presents the possibility that a state of Palestine will be established after the interim period. If a state of Palestine is established, it will have an effect on current United States law regarding Palestine and the PLO's sovereign immunity and standing to sue. The Declaration of Principles presents an opportunity to reevaluate the traditional view of Palestine. This Comment examines the Israeli-PLO Declaration of Principles and its effect on the changing legal status of Palestine. Although the provisions of the Declaration do provide steps toward establishing the requirements of statehood for Palestine, the Declaration does not establish a state of Palestine during the five-year interim period of autonomy. However, it is possible that a state of Palestine could exist after the interim period.
Kathryn M. McKinney, The Legal Effects of the Israeli-PLO Declaration of Principles: Steps Toward Statehood for Palestine, 18 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 93 (1994).