a new one The Israeli government is fanatical is testing the aging Palestinian leadership that is failing – and this could be its last test. How it reacts will determine the future of Palestine, Israel and the entire Middle East.
The coalition of religious Zionist and far-right parties currently in power in Israel rejects Palestinian statehood and claims a monopoly over historic Palestine as a whole. It tramples on past agreements as it prepares to annex much of the occupied West Bank, which forms the backbone of a future Palestinian state.
This week’s provocation by Israel’s Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir, when entering Al-Aqsa The mosque complex, was just the beginning of what threatened to become a campaign of incitement and escalation of violence that lasted until this arsonist government set fire to Palestine.
The Palestinian response has so far been meager at best. Politically divided, diplomatically isolated and extremely unpopular, Palestinian leaders have used the same old empty slogans and grueling campaigns. They have been shown to be incapable of taking up the challenge or unwilling to do what is necessary to face the impending threat.
Their call on the United Nations for the salvation of despair and escapism. It is not a win-win to introduce another resolution when previous resolutions have dusted off at UN headquarters. If history is any guide, Israel’s stubbornness and belligerence only increase with every resolution.
It breaks my heart to see smug Palestinian spokespeople talk about the inevitable “end of apartheid” or the inevitable “fall of Zionism” when in fact In fact, Israel has become the most powerful country in the Middle East and one of the richest countries in the world while Palestine has turned into a poor, failed and broken entity.
After more than seven decades of deprivation, five decades of occupation and three decades of protracted negotiations, the Palestinians deserve better than having their rights and freedoms turned into pipe dreams. political illusions and fantasies. They deserve a worthy, responsible and unified leadership that is willing and able to take on Israel’s intransigence, Western indifference, and the insolence of the Arab authorities.
A high order? Maybe.
But the Palestinian leaders soon realized that the United Nations was no substitute for a united state, that international law was not synonymous with international action, and that international alliances were no substitute for international law. national vote, the sooner they can prepare to weather the approaching storm of Israel. .
Indeed, the international community will still largely indifferent to their pleas unless or until the Palestinians make a real difference on the ground, which will require them, first and foremost, to revise and unite their efforts.
The West Bank-based Fatah leadership and the Gaza-based Hamas leadership must stop sacrificing the national struggle to serve as an altar to their struggle for power. They must realize that their factional friction is paralyzing the masses’ struggle for freedom, that national unity is indispensable for national liberation.
If they have to compete, it shouldn’t be beyond the control of open-air prison of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, rather than ending the occupation of Palestine altogether.
More than a decade has passed since Fatah, Hamas and other factions met in various capitals around the world to end the conflict in 2006. They have reached many agreements, most recently in Algiers, will pave the way for true national reunification. No result. Their individual, factional, and ideological differences continue to overwhelm the common struggle against Israeli occupation.
Their pursuit of conflicting regional and international agendas has confused their friends and comforted their enemies. President Mahmoud Abbas may be lamented for putting all his eggs in Washington’s basket or then despair seeking salvation in Moscowbut Hamas pursues relief and redemption in Damascus and Tehran equally short-sighted – reading is disastrous.
Pursuing such relationships undermines, even betrays, the most fundamental value at the heart of the Palestinian struggle, the search for justice. Bloody thugs and cynics are not good saviors. Never.
Both sides will need to overcome their opposing approaches to the conflict – which is nothing more than diplomacy versus anything but diplomacy – in the face of growing Israeli intransigence demanding Palestinian surrender as a precondition for diplomacy.
That is not to say that the Palestinian leadership should not pursue UN involvement and international support for their cause. Opposite. But such support should be directed and concretized by a clearly defined national liberation strategy and agenda, one that is put to a nationwide vote.
Since 2006, both Abbas and the Hamas leaders have ruled as incompetent autocrats, overly dependent on foreign powers. The time has come for change, but not by subduing the Palestinians in another divisive election under the occupation, but by consolidating and strengthening their unity through a popular vote. .
Once the vast majority of Palestinians support such a unified agenda, no regional or international power, including Israel, can ignore, divide, or blackmail Palestinians for their own purposes. their skepticism.
Uniting, national leaders can harness the limitless possibilities and willingness of Palestinians to fight for their cause and passion and overwhelmingly in favor of Arab popularity towards Palestine and in opposition to Israel. Together, they will make Israel fanatics regret waging jihad against Palestine.
Uniting, Palestinians will be invigorated and better suited to stand up to the fanatics who rule Israel, using all means necessary to effect change. Let us not forget that it was the reunification of Palestine in the first Palestine Intifada that forced both Israel and the United States to recognize and negotiate with the PLO and that their unification in the second Intifada forced them, although legally theory, the two-state solution must be accepted.
United, they can build bridges with Palestinians inside Israel and reach out to other frustrated Israelis and Jews who oppose fascism and support freedom and justice in Israel and Palestine.
United, they are better positioned to garner international support as Israel’s new government faces closer scrutiny by American and other Western supporters. Where there is unity, there is victory.