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Hawatmeh: The Palestinian leadership must seek the support of the General Assembly to build a better legal and political status in favour of Palestinians
October 16, 2013

The Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Nayef Hawatmeh, affirmed that the Palestinian people are not ready for a third Intifada because it feels frustrated by the role played by the Palestinian leadership at all levels.

He said: “The Palestinian people are not convinced about the present leadership and are not ready to launch a third Intifada because of its inconsistent role. He added that the Palestinian leadership should opt for a new path based on international resolutions, sponsored by the UN, as an alternative to negotiations with Israel that in the past 20 years have not yielded anything, and it must seek the support of the General Assembly under the law “Union for Peace” in order to build a better legal and political status in favour of Palestinians in that universal organization.

He revealed, in an interview made by journalist Abdel-Raziq on October 6 in Amman, that the DFLP is carrying out presently in Gaza a series of bilateral and joint dialogues with Al-Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PFLP, seeking a collective formula (supported by the 5 major Palestinian forces) in order to exit the present jam and to alleviate the situation in Gaza. He pointed out that the 3 forces (DFLP, PFLP and Islamic Jihad) are drafting a document on major issues that should constitute the platform of the meetings of the five parties, with the participation of Al-Fatah and Hamas.

He warned that the obstacles might stop the return to national unity and to putting an end to division caused by some who place personal interests over general interests. He expressed: “I frankly say that those interests are the obstacles to the implementation of the Agreement of National Reconciliation, signed in Cairo in 2011”.

The Palestinian leader pointed out: “After the failure of the application of the Agreement of National Reconciliation, and as a first step, work is being carried out in the present stage in order to form a coalition national unity government, with the participation of all the Palestinian forces and in order to achieve an internal agreement on matters related to Palestinian elections, besides totally implementing the Agreement of Reconciliation and activating the 5 committees that converge in the Agreement. He said that the total proportional representation is the ideal formula for elections at all levels and within the trade union institutions because it puts an end to opportunities for those who have selfish, hegemonist, monopolist and excluding interests.

The Palestinian leader launched a strong criticism against certain Al-Fatah and Hamas leaders as well as on both the authorities of the West Bank and Gaza. He said: “Unfortunately, they did not build healthy relations with the people on the basis of strengthening justice, development, democracy and freedom of speech, nor did they create the bases for a healthy and salutary civil society”. He added: “Both parties, unfortunately, have made strategic mistakes; furthermore, the relations they built with the Palestinian citizenship were based on favouritism and particular and personal interests”.

He pointed out that this policy by both parties dried up the public budget in Gaza as well as in the West Bank because millions were used to buy loyalties and alignments, and this would negatively reflect on the results of the forthcoming elections, so this means, in the last analysis, that “the freedom of consciousness and justice were lost” and the Palestinian economy entered into a vicious circle, and, politically, these interests led to a hindrance of all efforts to put an end to division.

About negotiations, he said, regrettably, they are useless, they were from the beginning and continue to be, ever since their inception 21 years ago, in the same place without making any progress. He added that the cause should return to the international forum forcefully through a work cemented on a new legal and political status within the UN and international law.

He assured that the US Congress exerted pressures in order to have general elections that were won by Hamas, even though the Palestinian President preferred to postpone them. Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State at the time, insisted on having the Palestinian elections and on threatening with a possible suspension of assistance to the PNA in case of non compliance, because the US tried, since 2003, to reconstruct its relationship with the Muslim Brothers throughout the world.

About the situation in the Arab region, Hawatmeh forecasted an increase in the number of successive changes that would affect every structure of Arab societies and affirmed that Latin America, Asia and Africa overtook the Arab countries with those changes, because the Arab region remained in a comatose state for over 4 decades, and his view is that the foreseen changes will be in the direction of justice, social development and democracy.

He said: “No Arab regime can escape the changes, because there are earthquakes and volcanoes to come”. And about Egypt he expressed: “What is going on is natural because Morsi and the Muslim Brothers excluded the various forces and clashed with the judiciary, the media and the military institution, and furthermore they confronted the youth of January 25 and the principles of the Revolution (life, bread, freedom, democracy, social justice and human dignity) were lost.”

He said that Qatar is trying to perform political roles in order to have an element of pressure, particularly because of its good relationship with Hamas and its border problems with Saudi Arabia; he added that Qatar is “the only country of the Gulf in which the Muslim Brothers were disbanded”.

Saudi Arabia –Hawatmeh pointed out—, a country that opened its doors to the Muslim Brothers after their clash with Abdel-Nasser, does not accept to lose its role as the major and central Islamic heavyweight and opposes that this role might be displaced to other countries that would try to adopt it, such as Iran, Turkey and the Muslim Brothers through their government in Egypt, where they have lost the administration.

He said that Hamas did not become independent until the year 2000 after their exit from Jordan, where they had been a part of Muslim Brothers in Jordan, and gone to Syria with the specific goal of competing with the PLO.


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