سيقوم الفلسطينيون بالخطوة
أنجلوس تايمز - 9/2/2007
إن لاتفاق الذي تم
بين الفصائل الفلسطينية مرحب به.
و لكن على حماس أن تقر بحق
إسرائيل في الوجود.
Palestinians take the second step?
The accord between rival Palestinian factions is welcome. But Hamas must
accept Israel's right to exist.
February 9, 2007
THE AGREEMENT between Palestinian factions reached in Mecca, Saudi Arabia,
on Thursday is welcome even if it accomplishes nothing
more than an end, for now, to fratricidal violence in
the Gaza Strip. It remains to be seen whether the
agreement between Fatah and Hamas will bring something
more — an improvement in their material condition.
That additional blessing depends on whether Hamas is willing to join Fatah
and its leader, President Mahmoud Abbas, in recognizing
the state of Israel. While the rivalry between Hamas and
Fatah manifests itself in multiple ways, the difference
between the two movements that matters to the outside
world — including European and American donors —
involves the Jewish state.
Simply put, Abbas is willing to accept the reality of Israel even as he
complains about the hardships Israelis have visited on
his people. Hamas, the terrorist group/political party
of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, so far has
been willing only to dangle the possibility of a hudna,
or 10-year truce. That's not good enough.
When the United States suspended aid to the Palestinian Authority after
Hamas prevailed in parliamentary elections, Washington
conditioned a resumption of aid on three commitments:
accept Israel's right to exist, renounce violence and
agree to abide by past agreements with Tel Aviv.
Thursday's agreement, brokered by a newly assertive Saudi Arabia, does
direct the Hamas-led government to "respect
international resolutions and the agreements signed by
the Palestine Liberation Organization" — with
Israel, that is. That's a good sign. But before Europe
and the U.S. provide further assistance, the government
must acknowledge Israel's right to exist.
That right is enshrined in U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, passed
after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and repeatedly
reaffirmed, calling for a "just and lasting peace
in which every state in the area can live in
security." Palestinians and other Arabs like to
cite other language in 242 calling for the
"withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from
territories occupied in the recent conflict," but
the two concepts — Israeli withdrawal and Israeli
security — are intertwined.
After years of equivocation, the late Yasser Arafat finally acknowledged
that reality, setting in motion a process that produced
the Palestinian Authority and the endorsement by the
U.S., Russia, the U.N. and the European Union of a
"two-state solution" in which Israel and a
Palestinian state would exist side by side. Abbas
recognizes Israel's right to exist (and with more
credibility than Arafat enjoyed), but Hamas has held
That must change. It isn't enough for Hamas to "respect" past
agreements or to hint that it now embraces a document
drawn up by Palestinian prisoners last summer that
seemed to endorse a two-state solution. A Palestinian
"unity" government that can't unite on this
question will remain suspect in the eyes of some of the
countries that can most help the Palestinian people.
من حق الزائر الكريم أن ينقل وأن ينشر كل ما يعجبه من موقعنا . معزواً إلينا ، أو غير معزو .ـ