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Is the PA heading backwards to step forward?

7 Jul

photo19Dr Yousef Rizqa (photo: Kia Ora Gaza)

By Dr. Yousef Rizqa: Opinion piece, Palestinian Affairs, journal of the Centre for Political & Developmental Studies, Gaza City, 28/6/15

Dr Rizqa is a Palestinian intellectual and former advisor to former Palestinian Prime Minister. [See an earlier exclusive interview with Dr Rizqa, posted on kiaoragaza.net on 27 December 2012.]

Palestinian Authority – going back to zero point

Abstract: By dismissing the Palestinian unity government, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas wants to send a message to France and Israel that he is ready to resume negotiations based on the Quartet’s Conditions and Fatah’s political programme.

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Gazan protests slam Abbas’s call for Arab military action

2 Apr


Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza, 30 March 2015

Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets of northern Gaza to condemn hostile statements against the blockaded enclave made by the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the Arab League Summit on Saturday.The protest was organized by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Abbas referring to Saudi Arabia’s invasion of Yemen called on Arab countries to apply the same policy to all Arab countries including Palestine.Protesters shouted slogans against the Palestinian president and demanded that he step down.

Protesters described the Abbas’s statements as unpatriotic and hurtful to all Palestinians.Hamas officials described Mahmoud Abbas’s call for military action as another conspiracy against the Gaza Strip.

 Many protesters also said Mahmoud Abbas can no longer represent them.Experts say that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s call on Arab countries to attack Gaza will only hurt Palestinian unity and jeopardize the creation of a Palestinian state.

Abbas calls for Arab military intervention against Hamas

1 Apr

A handout picture made available by the Egyptian presidency shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) welcoming Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas upon the latter's arrival in Red Sea resort of Sharm El-SheikhAbdulfattah al-Sisi, the general who led the military coup against Egypt’s elected president in 2013, welcomes the Palestinian Authority’s de facto leader Mahmoud Abbas to Sharm al-Sheikh, 27 March. (Thaer Ganaim / Maan Images)

Mahmoud Abbas calls for Arab military intervention against Hamas in Gaza

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 30 March 2015.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas issued a thinly veiled call for an Arab military intervention to overthrow Hamas in Gaza, along the lines of the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

But the kind of intervention Abbas may be setting the stage for would likely consist of ground troops rather than airstrikes.

Abbas made the suggestion at the Arab League summit hosted by the Egyptian military regime in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh on Saturday.

Abbas’ speech indicates that a similar call by his religious affairs advisor in a Friday sermon in Ramallah represented official PA policy, and not the views of a maverick. Hamas has condemned the PA leader’s statements.

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‘Arab states should “strike” Gaza like Yemen…’

30 Mar

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas  during a tour of Ramallah cityPA Chief Islamic Justice Mahmoud al-Habbash, who has called for Arab states to “strike” Gaza, seen with Mahmoud Abbas during a 2012 tour of Ramallah. (Thaer Ganaim / APA images)

Arab states should “strike” Gaza like Yemen, says advisor to Mahmoud Abbas

By Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 27 March 2015

A senior Palestinian Authority official has called on Arab states to “strike” Gaza, following the example of the Saudi-led bombing raids on Yemen.

Arab states have a duty to “strike those who have violated legitimacy with an iron fist, regardless of the place, time or circumstances, beginning with Palestine,” said Mahmoud al-Habbash, religious affairs advisor to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas.

“What happened in Gaza was a coup, not a division, and it must be addressed with firmness,” added Al-Habbash, who is also the PA’s chief Islamic justice. “There can be no dialogue with coup-makers; they must be hit with an iron fist.”

Al-Habbash made his comments, which were reported by the official Palestinian news agency, in a Friday sermon at the mosque in the PA’s Ramallah headquarters.

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Netanyahu victory: clear break with US-led peace process

19 Mar

Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinians see ‘long and difficult road of struggle’ against Israel as Netanyahu wins fourth term after rejection of two-state solution. Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas (above), and his close advisers may now decide to end security cooperation with Israel. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/AP


By Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem and Sufian Taha in Ramallah, The Guardian, 18 March 2015

In his sports shop in the Palestinian village of Hizme, Mohammad al-Kiswani, aged 52, reflected bleakly on the re-election of Binyamin Netanyahu.

“When Netanyahu won,” he said, “he dried the last drop of water that could quench our thirst for a state. This time he will be more radical. He promised the Israeli public he will not negotiate a two-state solution or negotiate over Jerusalem. He has taken off his mask and it has shown an ugly face.”

Mohammad al-Mahdi, the 35-year-old owner of a publishing press, was no less concerned. “I think things will get worse. The future will be black.

“But you can’t blame the Israelis because they were so clear in this election campaign. I don’t think there will be peace. I don’t think there will be a two-state solution. There will only be a country full of hate and racism and that is so sad because the Israeli public are turning towards the far right.”

If there is a paradox, it is that for Palestinians Binyamin Netanyahu’s decisive win in Tuesday’s Israeli elections has simplified issues for many – including the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and his closest advisers – in their campaign to internationalise support for a Palestinian state.

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, some Palestinian officials close to Abbas had intimated that a Netanyahu victory – not least in terms of his outright rejection of a two-state solution and his vow to continue settlement construction – would mark a clear break in a US-led peace process that has been on ice since it collapsed almost a year ago.

Indeed a common sentiment among Palestinians in recent days is that the election campaign forced Netanyahu to reveal his opposition to a two-state solution.

“The Israeli elections forced Netanyahu to reveal his real position,” said prominent Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab, reflecting the views of many.

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Is Israel trying to force Palestinians into Sinai?

2 Oct

ISR-EGY_border_6521aThe Israeli-Egyptian border (Photo: Idobi /Creative Commons/ Wikimedia)

Jonathan Cook, Mondoweiss, 30 September 2014

What is Israel’s endgame in Gaza? It is a question that has been puzzling analysts and observers for some time. But belatedly, there are indications of what the future Israel and Washington may have in mind for Gaza.
Desperately overcrowded, short on basic resources like fresh water, blockaded for eight years by Israel, with its infrastructure intermittently destroyed by Israeli bombing campaigns, Gaza looks like a giant pressure cooker waiting to explode.
It is difficult to imagine that sooner or later Israel will not face a massive upheaval on its doorstep. So how does Israel propose to avert a scenario in which it must either savagely repress a mass uprising by Palestinians in Gaza or sit by and watch them tear down their prison walls?
Reports in the Arab and Israeli media – in part corroborated by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas – suggest that Egypt may be at the heart of plans to solve the problem on Israel’s behalf.
This month Israeli media reported claims – apparently leaked by Israeli officials – that Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, had offered the Palestinian leadership the chance to annex to Gaza an area of 1,600 sq km in Sinai. The donated territory would expand Gaza fivefold.
The scheme is said to have received the blessing of the United States.
‘Greater Gaza’ plan
According to the reports, the territory in Sinai would become a demilitarised Palestinian state – dubbed “Greater Gaza” – to which returning Palestinian refugees would be assigned. The Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas would have autonomous rule over the cities in the West Bank, comprising about a fifth of that territory. In return, Abbas would have to give up the right to a state in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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