zaterdag 15 augustus 2009

Fatah eist deadline vooraf aan vredesonderhandelingen

Alweer een nieuwe voorwaarde die Fatah stelt aan onderhandelingen met Israel. Wie zoveel, en ook zulke onmogelijke voorwaarden stelt wil niet onderhandelen en zoekt naar een uitvlucht hiervoor. Ondertussen zal Amerika, om beide partijen weer bij elkaar te krijgen, waarschijnlijk toch naar die voorwaarden luisteren en een middenweg zoeken. Het is opvallend dat onder Bush Fatah niet zoveel voorwaarden stelde, en zelfs accepteerde dat Israel (onder voorwaarden) verder bouwde in de nederzettingen. Israel doet er dan ook goed aan zelf ook voorwaarden te stellen, zoals een einde aan de anti-Israel en antisemitische opruiing in Palestijnse media onder PA of Fatah controle, hernoemen van de honderden scholen die naar (zelfmoord)terroristen zijn vernoemd, en erkenning van Israel als nationaal thuis voor het Joodse volk.

The Jerusalem Post
Aug 11, 2009 8:06 | Updated Aug 11, 2009 15:07
Dahlan: No peace talks without deadline

Former Palestinian security commander Mohammed Dahlan, who was apparently elected Tuesday to Fatah's Central Committee, said that he would allow no one to negotiate with Israel unless a deadline for peace talks is announced in advance, according to Israel Radio.

Fatah elected a group of younger leaders to its top council, according to preliminary voting results.

"This election is setting a new future for the movement, a new democratic era," added the 47-year-old Dahlan.

Fatah's first conference in two decades, while plagued by the movement's characteristic wrangling and intrigue, appeared to rejuvenate the pre-eminent Palestinian organization at a critical moment, weeks before US President Barack Obama is to unveil a comprehensive plan to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The results indicate that pragmatic leaders who never left the Palestinian territories - and who often spent years in Israeli jails, worked with Israelis and speak Hebrew - won out over exiled hard-liners from places like Lebanon and Syria.

Also elected were Marwan Barghouti, a 50-year-old Tanzim leader now jailed by Israel and seen as a likely future president, and Jibril Rajoub, 56, a former aide to the late Yasser Arafat who led several crackdowns against Hamas.

Rajoub said the outcome represented a break from the movement's previous leaders, many of whom are in their 70s.

"This is a coup against a leadership that had monopolized the movement for a long time without even presenting a report about its work," he said.

All told, 14 of the Central Committee's 18 elected seats went to new members, with the remaining four going to incumbents from the old guard. Palestinian Authority President Abbas, also a member, will appoint four others.

The final results, along with the results of the vote for the 80 elected seats of Fatah's 120-seat Revolutionary Council, which together with the Central Committee sets the movement's policies, were expected later Tuesday. Abbas remains the group's overall leader.

Fatah held its last conference in 1989 in Tunisia, some 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) away from the delegates' hoped-for homeland.
Since that time, Fatah's reputation has been tainted by rampant corruption, electoral and territorial losses to Hamas and its failure to deliver a Palestinian state despite decades of both fighting and negotiations.

While some Palestinians welcomed the new leadership, others doubted Fatah's ability to change.

"The old generation or the new, they're all the same," said Abu Qusei Asaf, 35, a Bethlehem bookstore owner. "The struggle for them is nothing, just papers on the table. They all fight over seats but don't help the people."

Fatah's fortunes have also been boosted by recent gains in the West Bank economy, thanks in part to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to remove roadblocks and loosen restrictions.

Interviewed on Israel Radio, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i said he hoped Fatah's new leaders could work toward a peace deal, which he said was "the only way we can get out of the situation we have been stuck in now for three generations."

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