Statement of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Legislative Council regarding the coalition government of unity national – issued by Qais Abdel-Karim, member of the Political Bureau and the Legislative Council
• We are opposed to the ten previous governments due to the Oslo policies and to absolutism
• The talks before and after the agreement on quotas opened opportunities for correcting and developing the essential features of a political program and the re-forming of a national coalition government
• We are participating in a unity government starting from the common political positions and the laws of the national coalition
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) did not participate in any of the governments that were formed since the creation of the National Palestinian Authority (NPA) for two reasons:
The first one is political. It is known that the DFLP was opposed to the Oslo Agreements and its annexes, which this organization considered unjust with regard to the rights of our people and for not tracing a clear road toward peace.
The Front still maintains this conviction. At the time it is aware that to go beyond these agreements towards a balanced peace that guarantees the rights of our people to independence and return is a struggle that will not achieve its objective with mere slogans, but from the hard work accumulated by the forces in the conflict whose objective is to put an end to the occupation.
In the current situation, being conscious that this work is fundamental for saving our people from the mire which our national trajectory finds itself and to lift the unjust blockade that has been imposed, the Front has accepted the formation of the government and participation within that body on the basis of the Letter of Assignment, considering that this commits the government and not necessarily the participant organizations.
However, the Democratic Front continues to want to see more clarity in the government’s political program regarding its statement supporting the PLO as the highest political authority with respect to negotiating matters and in the launching of the Palestinian political initiative.
This initiative confirms to the world the disposition of the people to work for peace and to summon an international conference —sponsored by United Nations— with the objective of arriving at a balanced and global settling of the conflict that guarantees the execution of the resolutions of International Law, bringing about a full withdrawal by Israel to the lines of June 4, 1967, resolving the cause of the refugees by virtue of Resolution 194 and guaranteeing the total sovereignty of the Palestinian state with its capital as East Jerusalem
The second reason that the Front did not participate in the previous governments was its opposition to absolutist attitudes in decision making and to the monopoly of the authority, something that is in contradiction with our national necessity of having a wide participation of all Palestinian political tendencies in national decision making over the course of the struggle for liberation.
Embodying that necessity, and since the intifada produced a situation that allows deep democratic change in the structure of the PNA and its functions, the Democratic Front called for a national coalition government. The DFLP considers this the formula that guarantees the desired political partnership, forcefully supported by the National Reconciliation Document as a new basis for universal Palestinian consent, and participated actively to halt the bloody conflicts, the destructive internal confrontations and the application of the document – beginning with the formation of a government of national unity.
For this, the Front welcomed the Mecca Agreement between Al-Fatah and Hamas and called for its development and its conversion from being a bilateral agreement to a national global one based on political partnership, and not on a system of quotas.
During the talks that occurred before and after the Mecca Agreement, concrete steps were achieved that created opportunities for deepening political partnership through effective participation in the government’s formulation and its program. In addition, there was the approval of a collective mechanism for governmental decision making through a reduced ministerial council. This will have the participation of all forces in the committee of political partner, consistent with the above mentioned agreement.
In this moment in which we greet the birth of a government of national unity on that foundation, and in which we grant our trust, we wish that this step contributes to complete the execution of what was agreed upon in the National Reconciliation Document, especially that which is relative to the activation and development of the PLO through free elections of the new national council based on percentage representation.
Our vote of trust in the government does not mean to diminish the active overseeing of its work, or lesson the ability to question it or its members. This compels us to call upon the Legislative Council to activate its list, with a critical and transparent spirit that leads to greater development and improvement and to more victories in support of the rights and demands of all social strata, especially the needy and excluded.
This is being initiated to defend the interests of those strata, especially the workers, officials, the unemployed, the families of the martyrs, prisoners, the wounded, people who are physically handicapped and the children in the areas affected by the Wall and colonialism, in addition to youth and women.