Monday, January 12, 2009

Unify Hamas and Fatah first!

The special Parliament session today should also call for Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to close ranks as it will facilitate international effort to find amicable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Unification of the Palestine is essential before any further steps can be taken to bring Tel Aviv and Hamas to the round table.

Diplomats in Kuala Lumpur said, there are three essentials for progress. Firstly, an Israeli government, elected in February's general election, that is committed to new negotiations on the creation of a Palestinian state.

Secondly, there is an obvious urgent need for meaningful Palestinian unity between Fatah and Hamas. The current split not only weakens the Palestinian voice but also makes it impossible for negotiations to deliver a comprehensive peace.

Thirdly, the United States remains the only power able to provide the security guarantees that will be needed to underpin any settlement.

Barack Obama's presidency, with no White House elections due for four years, offers an unprecedented opportunity for a major initiative that would put real pressure on Israelis and Palestinians.

The tragedy in Gaza may, inadvertently, help on delivering each of these requirements. The conflict has boosted the popularity of the Israeli government at the expense of opposition leader, Binyamin Netanyahu, who is resolutely against a Palestinian state.

While Palestinians might, understandably, see all Israeli politicians as bellicose Zionists, reality is that Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak have concluded that a Palestinian state and withdrawal from most of the West Bank is in Israel's interests as well as that of the Palestinians.

A ceasefire in Gaza that prevents missiles from being smuggled into the territory in future and the substantial damage that has been done to Hamas's infrastructure may be sufficient to justify the conflict in Israeli eyes and secure Livni and Barak electoral victory.

The past few weeks has also demonstrated the disunity of the Palestinians caused by the Fatah-Hamas split. The Egyptian, Saudi and Jordanian governments loathe Hamas.

The conflict has distracted attention from the Saudi peace plan of King Abdullah. It offers a comprehensive peace in the region and has attracted favourable comment from Israeli President Shimon Peres and other leaders in Jerusalem.

While many might assume that Israel favours Palestinian disunity on the principle of ‘divide and rule’, the reality is that it has been a disaster from the point of view of anyone who wants a negotiated peace leading to a Palestinian state. Hamas continuing to rule in Gaza would mean a three-state problem, not a two-state solution.

The Obama presidency, combined with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, offers an extraordinary opportunity for real progress.

Although Obama will be well disposed towards Israel, because of his personal beliefs and political necessity, we are likely to see, for the first time for many years, an American president prepared to put real pressure on the Israelis to concede a Palestinian state with territorial integrity and economic viability.

A former top ranking official of Fatah, Marwan Barghouthi (picture) said yesterday now is the time for complete national reconciliation. "This is for the sake of the blood of those killed,” he said from an Israeli jail. "We have no time to waste in the restoration of the homeland, the people and the authority," he stressed.

Meanwhile, a high-ranking Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) official has voiced a similar tone calling for an urgent meeting among rival Palestinian factions to discuss the situation in Gaza.

The Secretary of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Yasser Abed Rabbo, said that Palestinians must unite and overcome their internal conflicts, and that Hamas and Islamic Jihad should be also included in PLO meetings, although they are not members of the PLO.

16 comments:

palot said...

sir. i agree that hamas and fatah should reconcile first before peace talks can resume.

there is no point to have just one party - either hamas or fatah - to speak for the whole palestine cause.

malaysia can play a role in calling for the two factions to reconcile and put behind whatever indifference they got.

Anonymous said...

sdr,
memang betul. hamas dan fatah perlu bersatu untuk sama-sama duduk di meja rundingan.

ini pun satu masalah jugak

LINTAH POKOK said...

bro,
sometimes i just pity the late yasser arafat for his endless effort fighting for the cause of his countrymen.

unfortunately, his hard work only left the land with chaos and disunity.

i hope fatah and hamas can close rank and come as one team to the negotiation table.

bujai said...

lintah
arafat, too was not able to bring together the two factions. however, hamas and fatah should take into account the interest of the palestinian, instead of ideology.

Anonymous said...

SAYA RASA ISRAEL AKAN TERUS MENDENGAR SUARA AMERIKA YANG MEMBENARKAN SERANGAN TERSBUT DILANCARKAN TANPA HENTI.

APA GUNANYA USAHA DIPLOMATIK DUNIA SELAMA NI? SIA-SIA JE

pro--peace, singapore said...

will it be easy for the left-wing hamas to close rank with fatah?

if the unification is made possible, how long can they hold to their set of agreement?

can the palestine government reach a compromise on who should hold what position?

this are issues to be looked into. only then can the world help them to tackle israel

bujai said...

pro-peace,
mahmoud abbas has to be practical this time around.

to unify the 2 factions is not that easy but can be achieved if he enters into immediate talks with hamas leaders.

at the same time, hamas leaders should put aside all differences with fatah dan work out a unified plan for the government. although hamas emerged winner in the last elections, they cannot adopt a tough unification policy.

ATIKAH, muar said...

SESIAPA SAJA YANG MENJADI ORANG TENGAH DALAM KONFLIK HAMAS DAN FATAH MESTILAH MENGAMBIL KIRA KPENTINGAN RAKYAT PALESTIN SECARA KESELURUHANNYA.

ARWAH YASSER ARAFAT SUDAH MELETAKKAN BATU ASAS KEPADA PERPADUAN PALESTIN DAN KINI TERSERAHLAH KEPADA KEDUA-DUA PIHAK UNTUK MENGKAJI DAN MELAKSANAKANNYA.

PERTIKAIAN DALAMAN YANG BERPANJANGAN AKAN MEMBERI KELEBIHAN KEPADA ISRAEL UNTUK TERUS MENGHANCURKAN BUMI PALESTIN. HANYA PERPADUAN PALESTIN SAJA DAPAT MENGATASINYA.

Anonymous said...

boleh blah! palestin ni pun sengaja berperang deggan yahudi keana takut kehilangan pengaruh

wilson, melaka said...

bujai,
why are we giving so much attention to the palestine? what about those 2 million people starving in africa because of war? what about sudan and other places?a

is there a religious barrier there?

wilson

Anonymous said...

cukup ke tugas kita setakat menganjurkan sesi khas, kemudian mengutarakannya kepada bangsa-bangsa bersatu?

dapatkah PBB bertindak secara tegas dan adil dalam hal ni?

Anonymous said...

alllooo bloggers! why not you peopel go to palestine instead of complaining and bickering on this issue?

tulis je pandai tapi tak buat apa-apa adalah membazir semata-mata

puting, said...

let us work for our unification first before meddling into others.

malaysians are good at pointing out at other people's mistake but fail in correcting theirs!

Dr.Violinist said...

responding to Wilson, don't you think you're being so prejudiced? Starving people in Africa don't die with a rate of 800 people in 7 days. More important, they are not being murdered. And they are not an excuse to let people die everywhere.
And please don't talk about religious barriers as you certainly do have a big one.
People should not be killed, regardless of their religions, races or beliefs.
Stop the massacre then talk about unifying Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian people don't care if they are both thrown into the sea, but they want to live safe, and not being killed. that's all.

bujai said...

dr violinist

thank you for the comment. i visited your weblog but it was in arabic.

hope alexandria gives you plenty of idea.

regards

Dr.Violinist said...

thank you bujai for visiting my weblog. But you didn't miss a lot , because i haven't written anything yet;). I'm awfully busy in my studies. Indeed Alexandria is pretty inspiring, you should consider a visit.