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Fatah official: Palestinians should choose 'smart' resistance in 2014
Published Saturday 28/12/2013 (updated) 29/12/2013 19:15
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Authority will continue plans in 2014 immediately after a 9-month time limit given to Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to reach an agreement ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a Fatah official said Saturday.

Speaking to Ma’an, Nabil Shaath said no peace deal would emerge after the nine-month limit “because of what Israel and the United States are proposing.”

He acknowledged that developments related to the question of Palestine in 2014 would be unpredictable and worrying because of the dire conditions in the Arab world.

Shaath highlighted that the “so-called Arab Spring has become very dusty spring.”

Nevertheless, the Fatah official expects 2014 to be dedicated to reactivating Palestinian resistance. The PA, he said, is expected to join more UN organizations and to dedicate efforts to achieve reconciliation with Hamas.

“We have to use smart and fruitful means of struggle rather than violent struggle in order to maintain international support, as negotiations have failed to make a single step forward.”

He added: “The minimum of what we were offered in the year 2000 hasn’t been reached, not to mention that the US has failed to exert pressure on Israel to guarantee Palestinian rights.”

It seems “impossible” to reach an agreement, says Shaath, due to Israeli demands of maintaining security control, annexing Palestinian lands, refusing Palestinian sovereignty in Jerusalem and requesting that the PA recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.

“We will not recognize Israel as Jewish state, and would like to ask John Kerry if he agrees that we recognize the US as a Christian state,” Shaath said.

Thus, he added, the Palestinians have the right to practice resistance by all means.

“However, we should choose a smart resistance which will not cause us calamities like what happens when a missile is launched from Gaza. We have to make sure the world will show solidarity with us just as in Europe where settlement products will be boycotted by the beginning of 2014.”
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1 ) Mel / USA
28/12/2013 19:25
Palestinine knows that WHATEVER form of resistance it takes versus Israel's illegal occupation,land/resource theft,attrition,blockade,collective punishment &hugely DISPROPORTIONATE attacks on Palestinian CIVILIANS,that resistance is its legitimate right under international laws,as long as it's reactionary& not primary OFFENSIVE.Whether active,or passive,resistance,by all means at hand,is the human RIGHT of ALL versus offensive oppressors(Imperialist,Nazi or Zionist).Never give that up,Palestine!

2 ) Johnny benson / USA
28/12/2013 19:27
Smart....smart Palestinians...now that is an oxymoron if there ever was one...when it comes to Israel...since 67....they never ever did the smart thing..at every turn they screwed up .....well .except for the propaganda end...they did well at that...but then again..the world needs little excuse to come down on the Jews..

3 ) Outlier / USA
29/12/2013 00:59
Actually, the best choice would be a peace settlement with Israel, but mindset is important and "impossible" doesn't help that mindset much.

4 ) Tibi / Tubas
29/12/2013 03:27
Regarding Negotiations with the Jewish State of Israel, US proposals are just as Insignificant, as the "Arab Spring", for either: - the PLO will reach a Negotiated Agreement with the Jewish State, and thus transform itself from an "Authority" into a real sovereign state, or - the PLO will NOT reach an Agreement with the Jewish State, and thus it will remain an "Authority", that constantly begs for everything !!

5 ) Reality Check / World
29/12/2013 05:00
Why not just take what you can get for now, I don't get it? How many times was that Palestinian Partition plan revised? In the end no matter what was drawn up you couldn't make the Arab states happy and they probably never would have been happy, but Israel took what it could get. If the Palestinians were smart they would take what they could get today and then work to reclaim more of their land once they have a piece of it to build on. But alas they insist on everything for nothing, sigh...

6 ) Henri / France > Israel
29/12/2013 16:06
Mauritania, Iran, Saudi Arabia and more define themselves as "Islamic" states. Why can't Israel define itself as Jewish state? Only Israel and Israelis can decide about it, not Mr. Shaath. By the way, Ma'an Agency often speak about Israel as "Jewish State".

7 ) Outlier / USA
29/12/2013 20:04
The Arab spring helps israel and US isolate Palestinians during negotiations

8 ) Yahya ayash / Hero
29/12/2013 20:15
#6 we don't mind a Jewish state in Europe, actually Palestinians support it. But not at our expense, what happened to the American Indians ? Preaching peace and tolerance?

9 ) Outlier / USA
29/12/2013 23:11
#7 is the FAKE Outlier, but I happen to agree with him on this one. Not that the Palestinians need any help finding isolation - they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity and - for this and many other reasons - are resented throughout the Middle East.

10 ) Frederick / US
31/12/2013 11:41
The question is this: is Israel negotiating in good faith? The answer is a resounding no. They increase their land grabs, their illegal settlement building, their oppression, their manipulation of the media, their false narratives, while saying that the Palestinians don't want peace? The only way Israel will even begin to negotiate in good faith is when their biggest allies force them to. Until then, they're a 300 pound bully blaming their actions on their helpless victim.
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