On the grounds of being an orphan. The simple fact is that they could have had a state in peace, but chose war on MANY occasions- INSTEAD: The would-have-been Palestinians would have had a state IN PEACE in 1937 with the Peel Plan, but they violently rejected it. They would have had a state IN PEACE in 1939 with the MacDonald White Paper, but they violently rejected it (and Jews would have even been restricted from BUYING land from Arabs). They would have had a state IN PEACE in 1948 with UN 181, but they violently rejected it (and actually claimed that the UN had no such mandate!). They could have had a state IN PEACE in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza from 1948-1967 without any Jews- because the Arabs had ethnically cleansed every last one; but they violently rejected it. In fact, that's exactly when they established Fatah (1959) and the PLO (1964). They could have had a state IN PEACE after 1967, but instead, the entire Arab world issued the Khartoum Resolutions: A. No peace with Israel B. No recognition of Israel C. No negotiations with Israel They would have had a state IN PEACE in 2000 with the Oslo Accords, but they violently rejected it- as always. And as soon as Israel pulled every single Israeli out of Gaza, what did the would-have-been Palestinians do? They immediately started shooting thousands of missiles into Israeli population centers, they elected Hamas (whose official platform calls for jihad with no negotiations until Israel is destroyed) to rule them, and they have dug tunnels crossing into the Negev to kill and kidnap Israelis. And even afterwards, Ehud Olmert made his subsequent generous offer that went far beyond even that of Barak. The would-have-been "Palestinians" rejected it. They had many chances. They threw them all away because destroying Israel was higher on their priority list. It still is. Oh well. That's their choice.