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Hawatmeh: Israeli occupation offers specific security principles to negotiations on 23 January
By: Nadia Saed Al-Din
January 31, 2012

Nayef Hawatmeh, secretary general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said, “The Israeli Government handed the Palestinians a list of 21 security principles to the negotiations of borders and security. This list is to be presented to the meeting of the International Quartet on 26 January”.

In a press conference held on Sunday, January 9, 2012 in Amman he added, “Yitzhak Molkho, the Israeli government’s envoy, handed Saeb Erikat, the Palestinian negotiator, the list of the security demands the Israelis will insist on when discussing the two files of borders and security”. He demonstrated that the Israeli side will never present to the quartet next meeting maps about the borders or about his view of security, which is opposite to the position of the Palestine Liberation Organization which handed its vision to the borders and security.

He considered that the endeavors of activating the stagnant atmospheres of the negotiation process stems from good wills, but they are being done with an extremist Israeli government not ready for serious negotiations or peace. He described the current year as the politically dead year.

He linked the resumption of the negotiations with the halt of settlement and the reference of the borders of 1967 under the international supervision through an international peace conference simultaneously with the rebuilding of the internal Palestinian affairs to prevent the Palestinian people from taking to the streets demanding for ending the division.

He also called for completing the Palestinian endeavors in the United Nations for obtaining recognition of a Palestinian State on the borders of 1967 with Jerusalem its capital and implementing the right of return within a comprehensive balanced peace process.

Hawatmeh considered that an international resolution based on the resolutions of the international legitimacy would resolve the borders, security and settlement issues despite the large pressures experienced against the PLO in order not to head to the United Nations.

He criticized the absence of the unified Palestinian terms of reference about the occupied Jerusalem, while the settlement steps are being accelerated, that the number of the settlers reached 720 thousand people in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

He made a comparison with the years prior to the 1967 war, where the number of settlers in the occupied territories in 1967 did not exceed 37 thousand people. By 1993 (Oslo Agreement), this number reached 100 thousand settlers, while only 15% of east Jerusalem is empty of the settlement units, and the remaining are either fully colonized or mixed.

During the recent four weeks the Israeli government has endorsed many bids for constructing 10 thousand housing units in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, aiming at increasing the number of the settlers to one million in two years to create a fait accompli and prevent the setting up of a Palestinian state.

He concluded that that position is a result of Oslo Agreement which was rejected for being unbalanced, and the Palestinian split served the occupation. He drew the attention to the meeting of the secretary generals of the Palestinian faction and the Executive Committee of the PLO and the Independent figures. He confirmed that the dispute about the elections of the Legislative Council should be decided, where 12 factions agreed to do them on the principle of the full relative representation.

He called for achieving the steps which are related to the mechanism of carrying out the elections, treating the issues of the government, PLO, social reconciliation, political detention, and freedoms next month; i.e. three months prior to the presidential, legislative and national council elections next May.

However, the steps of the committees’ work plans are stumbled due to the return of the mutual mass media war and the political detention in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, despite the formation of a special committee for discussing the file of the political detainees. Yet, detentions are under way.

He considered that there are those who mistakenly bet on impossible political solutions, expecting the return of Netanyahu in new early elections, while Washington informed the Palestinian side that it can do nothing during the current year because of its engagement in the mid-term elections and the economic crisis. In addition, Hawatmah considered that the current year would be featured by a revolutionary step based on ousting dictatorship, corruption and realizing democracy, pluralism and social equality after an Arab 40-year injustice.

He talked about the situation in Syria. He demonstrated that Syria is a darling country, having an occupied land. He called for a new equation based on a comprehensive national dialogue in Syria under the auspices of the Arab countries. He also called for halting the security and military solutions.

He warned that the new complications may lead to an armed foreign intervention for solving the Syrian crisis. He considered that the Arab solution is the correct means for reaching common solutions based on the radical reformation, pluralism and justice.

He confirmed that the changes and revolutions would spread all the Arab countries, which entails radical reformations. He called the Gulf States to support the other Arab countries, especially those which surround Israel to enable them solve the debts problems and boost their economy.


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