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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
National Unity Government May Not Be Perfect,
But It Is Good news for Palestine
By Khalid Amayreh
in occupied Palestine
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 6, 2014
Cabinet of the Palestinian National Unity government
Palestinians expect the new unity government in Ramallah, composed of
technocrats unaffiliated with any political faction, to liberate Palestine
from the shackles of Zionism or defeat Israel and its guardian-ally, the
United States. We don't live in a fantasy and we all know the facts on the
ground too well.
But the unity government, whose formation has been
made possible thanks to last month's reconciliation deal between Hamas, the
Islamic liberation movement, and Fatah, the mainstream PLO faction, is
ostensibly at least a welcome development for all Palestinians and their
enduring just cause.
Indeed, the fact that Israeli leaders have been
frothing at the mouth against the reconciliation process is in itself a
reason for hope, it means that the unity government or "consensus
government" is a step in the right direction and should be given the benefit
of the doubt.
Yes, there are doubts, fears and misgivings. But when
Israeli leaders express their rage and dismay with us or at something we
have done, it should mean we are doing the right thing, given the eternal
contradiction between the oppressed and oppressors.
That is why
Palestinians must strive to shield the new government from Israel's
blackmailing tactics and conspiracies.
Israel has already initiated
a series of sanctions and punitive measures intended to bring the government
to its knees in earnest.
However, with the division behind us, the
government should be able to withstand and thwart Israeli measures.
More to the point, with the bulk of the nations of the world refusing to
succumb to Zionist pressure to boycott the new government, it is clear that
its chances for success are high.
Even the American administration,
and despite a pliant Congress that is at Israel's beck and call, is refusing
to cave in to Israeli pressure to boycott the new government.
know that we can't get all that we want. But we are successfully pursuing
our interests despite Israel's vehement objections. We have done something
against Israel's will.
To be sure, there will be unceasing attempts
by Israel and its fifth column, which is quite active in our midst, to get
us back at each other's throats. We must therefore be on the guard and
see to it that any misunderstanding doesn't take us one or two steps
The division cost us dearly and cost our national cause
too much in every conceivable respect. We must therefore hold on to this
unity. We must do all that is possible to strengthen it and consolidate it.
Failing to do so, God forbid, would be an unforgivable blunder against
ourselves and our just cause. In the final analysis, the world can't be more
Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves.
But there are certain
things the Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza must do in
order to keep up the spirit of unity.
They must uphold human rights
and civil liberties and see to it that citizens have their basic human
We are Palestinians. We have been through it all,
from creation to destruction. Thus we won't accept any measure compromising
our rights and liberties.
The authorities, while dealing with an
iron-fist with criminal elements and trouble-makers, must not resort to
flagrant excesses against honorable citizens for voicing non-conformist
views or protesting certain policies or grievances. No one is above the law,
not Mahmoud Abbas or Ismael Haniya, or the police.
A final point:
Israel has already said it will not allow Hamas to take part in elections
slated to take place six months from now.
Well, this is a real
threat and we must take it seriously. Israel after all considers Palestinian
democracy a mortal threat to Zio-Nazism.
Hence, we must explore
every possible way to circumvent the Israeli threat. And if holding
elections is proven impossible, then alternative measures will have to be
Hamas in particular ought to be vigilant and extremely
cautious as to efforts by local, regional and international parties to
isolate the movement by manipulating the election process.
all, Hamas is not liked in so many quarters that would love to see the
liquidation of the Palestinian cause. After all Hamas and its supporters are
the main obstacle impeding the realization of these powers' morbid wishes.