The Jordanian independent electronic newspaper JO24 interviewed, on September 21, the Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Nayef Hawatmeh (DFLP), who rated as fruitless the ongoing negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis. He said that they were not established on healthy foundations, that they lack an international authority and a determined chronology and, besides, they do not put a stop to the construction of settlements.
The DFLP leader said that “negotiations represent the continuity of previous conversations that took place during 20 years without achieving anything positive in favour of the Palestinian people.” He added that “Netanyahu works to gain the time that would allow him to execute his plan of judaization of Jerusalem and to pursue the colonization of the West Bank, under the wing of the US Administration”.
He assured that, beyond Israel and the US, various Arab States contributed to the pressure exerted on the Palestinian side for they to meet with the Israelis in negotiations considered a continuation of the previous ones and do not commit the occupying power in any way, even though the Palestinian leadership had previously announced that they would not return to negotiations until Israel put a final stop to the construction of settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
He pointed out that the fruitless negotiations led to the widening of the divisions within Palestinian ranks, an demanded that the leadership of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) address UN institutions to achieve full membership, and firstly in the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
In this same context, Hawatmeh pointed out that the eight rounds of negotiations concluded without achieving any progress, something that has been said by the President of the PNA, Mahmoud Abbas, the main negotiator, Saeb Erekat and the PNA official spokesperson.
He affirmed that Israel, as its first objective, concentrates on the issue of security, without attributing any importance in the conversations to the issue of the settlements, Jerusalem, refugees, water resources and prisoners, beyond other matters related to the final solution. He added that the expansionist Zionist ambitions and the tracing of borders as a fait accompli hinder the creation of a Palestinian State within the borders of June 4, 1967.
He called on the Palestinian negotiating team to immediately withdraw from the fruitless conversations because Israel insists on discussing firstly the ordering of security, and rejected all the calls of the negotiating team to put a full stop to the colonization of Jerusalem and the West Bank. It also rejects taking any humanitarian measure to liberate over five thousand Palestinian prisoners who are suffering every kind of repression, injustice, deprivation and torture in the jails of the occupying force, and limits itself to only liberate 104 prisoners and in tour stages, the last of which will be on the ninth month of negotiations, in order to force the Palestinian team to stay during the whole time foreseen for negotiations, which is nine months.
He revealed that Palestinians are ready for their third political and social Intifada and called on a return to reconciliation because Israel is the first beneficiary of division. He called attention on the “Somalization” of the situation due to the separation between Gaza and the West Bank and said that division placed the Palestinian situation in a shattering crisis, a global crisis that not only reflects among the two movements confronting each other.
He said that division turned into a tragedy for Palestinians and is used by the Netanyahu government and the White House to exercise pressures on the Palestinian people and the Palestinians from the territories occupied in 1948. He pointed out that Israel confiscated 18 thousand dunums from Palestinians of 1948 and destroyed 398 towns of the area of Al-Naqab in order to disperse 45 thousand of its children, besides using against them racist laws with the aim of forcing them to join Israeli institutions.
He called on convening a new plenary meeting of the PLO Central Council and also a meeting of Supreme Committee which groups organizations that are not in the Central Council, in order to execute what would be previously agreed with respect to reconciliation, and to put an end to division with the composition of a government of national convergence headed by Abbas and with the participation of independent personalities and that this government should replace the two that exist respectively in Gaza and the West Bank and should set a chronological framework to carry out elections to PNA and PLO institutions and to hold in Gaza, as was the case of the West Bank, civilian elections (villages, universities, trade unions…).
In his overview of the Arab panorama and in particular that of the countries of the Arab Spring, Hawatmeh said that Arab governments are not immune from the claims of peoples, and thus those regime should give their peoples access to reforms and to democratic transition to form responsible governments. He said: “When a political, economic or social reform is not completed, revolutions take place”. He affirmed that Israel and the West are the major beneficiaries of events in Syria, while the major losers, besides the Syrian people, are the Palestinian and Arab peoples.