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Fatah official: No plans to dismantle PA
Published Friday 28/10/2011 (updated) 30/10/2011 10:47
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President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks to the press following a
meeting with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris,
Oct. 14. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Senior Fatah official Mahmoud al-Aloul told Ma'an on Friday that there is no plan to dismantle the Palestinian Authority.

The central committee member said officials were calling for a definition of the situation of the PA, and discussing plans to return it to its former stature.

"The government is in a bad situation and is looking for solutions, but not to dismantle (the PA)," al-Aloul said.

President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday he would address the benefits of continuing the PA in discussions with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal in early November.

"The Authority is not an authority. People and Palestinian institutions are asking me about the benefits of the continuation of the Authority (and) we want to answer this question," Abbas said in an address published on Thursday by the official news agency WAFA.

Hebrew-daily Maariv said Friday that the PA has developed a plan to dismantle the government within a few months, at the request of Abbas, including the transfer of total security responsibility to Israel.

But al-Aloul said such predictions were "untrue," as officials wanted to address dissatisfaction with the PA's position, but not take it apart.

Discussions included a number of views on the future of the PA, he clarified.

"Some consider international guardianship, others resisting the occupation, and others are looking for one state (a bi-national state in Israel and Palestine) ... others think of eradicating previous agreements (between Israelis and Palestinians, under which the PA was established)," the Fatah official said.

In the current climate of stalled talks, the PA is suffering and looking for ways out of the situation, he said, adding that President Mahmoud Abbas's bid for full Palestinian of the UN was one route to "restore the spark to the Palestinian cause."

"We will not be an authority without power," he said.

The PA was set up as a state-in-waiting 17 years ago but is now seen by critics as compromised body that eases the burden of occupation for Israel.

Today, its mandate is limited to disconnected patches of West Bank land encompassing the main cities, territory handed to the PA under interim peace agreements in the 1990s.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
28/10/2011 14:17

The Fatah official is probably right about Abbas' intentions, and
even if Abbas does dismantle the PA government, in Areas A & B,
it does NOT mean that Israel will move to refill the vacum,
(in fact you probably could NOT get Israel to do so again),
so if Abbas dismantles the PA, the people will have both:
[1] NO government at all, and thus
[2] a weaker claim to statehood as well !!!

Abbas is either a bad bluffer, a liar, or an idiot !!!


2 ) Omar / Palestine
28/10/2011 17:28
yes yes we know Abbas is a coward.

3 ) Cyprus / Cyprus
28/10/2011 18:14
If Mahmoud Abbas dismantle PA, it will not do good to the PALESTINIAN people... He should set rules and find the right solution... Think of the PALESTINIAN and not your own personal interest ... Remember the bid for the PALESTINIAN STATE is just around the corner and please learn from your mistake.... Many are counting on you but please don't be a LIAR and SHAM to your people...

4 ) Nabil / R amallah
28/10/2011 18:14
THE SOLUTION TO DISSOLVE PA OR NOT IS NOT IN ABBASS'S HANDS. BUT IN AMERICAN AND ISRAEL'S HANDS ..SAD BUT TRUE.

5 ) Kanan / Palestine
28/10/2011 18:36
the Palestinian Authority should dissolve itself, as it is acting in Israel's interest

6 ) Hassan / Ramallah
28/10/2011 18:37
rescind the PLO’s recognition of Israel and return the keys to the UN. The Palestinians shouldn't recognize Israel if Israel does not recognize their right for self-determination, something they have been fighting and dying for since 1917 when they constituted 95% of Palestine’s population.

7 ) Salma / Palestine
28/10/2011 18:43
wake up Fatah! the "Israelis" are very clear about their negotiating positions. "Israel" would not accept anything more than a symbolic Palestinian state consisting of disconnected Bantustans, no return to the 1967 borders, no removal of settlements and no to the refugees’ right of return. dissolve the PA and repeal the PLO recognition of "Israel", and let the conflict go back to its roots.

8 ) realistic Palestinian / Jenin
28/10/2011 18:49
one state solution will be the better choice for Palestinians, for Israelis and for the region as a whole.

9 ) Faris / Palestine
28/10/2011 19:11
I wish that we will have our own independent state by the end of this year.

10 ) Maher / Palestine
28/10/2011 20:14
@1 ) "it does NOT mean that Israel will move to refill the vacum" Your ignorance is showing. we will move to Israel don't worry. what do you say? they will shoot us? okay why not? then the palestinians and arabs from syria, lebanon, egypt will move ti israel ..hahaha.

11 ) ya zalama / gaza
28/10/2011 21:06
ya zalama #7 you are citing way too much. who gave you those ideas? you have gaza that should be more than enough

12 ) Salma / Palestine
29/10/2011 12:52
11) ya mara, 7li 3ani :P

13 ) Ronald Ginson / USA
29/10/2011 13:47
Dear Friends: If the Arab armies had not attacked Israel in 1948, after recognition by the U.N., Palestinians would have had a state for 63 years by now.

14 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
30/10/2011 03:47
Ronald Ginson / USA, please read Ilan Pappe's History of Modern Palestine, which will set you straight on your history. This is an Israeli historian who set as his goal a thorough understanding of what happened between the Israelis and Palestinians.

15 ) Me / Jaffa-Palestine
31/10/2011 13:21
To Mr 13 )
Ben Gurion said after partition plan: "'To partition,' according to the Oxford dictionary, means 'to divide a thing into two parts'. Palestine is divided into three parts, and only in a small part are the Jews allowed to live. We are against that."
And in the Declaration of Independence there was no metion of Borders of the New State....until now !!!
And intentions of Transjordand King Abdallah in secret conversations with Golda Meyer was to extend Jordan til the Mediterranean....
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