Hamas, PNA ought to mend fences

Nothing is harming the Palestinian cause more than the disintegration of relations between leaderships in Gaza and West Bank

There is an urgent need for all the Palestinian forces to come together and speak with a single voice. The time could not be more appropriate for all efforts to be channelled in support of the Palestinian cause.

The recent comments by Hamas political leader Khalid Mesha’al, on his first visit to Gaza in decades, do not take into consideration the ground reality with regard to where the Palestinian issue stands. Mesha’al was visiting Gaza to join in the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas.

In his address to the crowd that had gathered for the celebrations, Mesha’al denied Israel’s right to exist and reiterated Hamas’s commitment to the armed struggle. “We are not giving up any inch of Palestine. It will remain Islamic and Arab for us and nobody else. Jihad and armed resistance is the only way,” he said

The rights of the Palestinian people to exist and establish an independent state is one that can be argued or debated as it cannot be nullified. Neither can any party eliminate the Palestinians’ right to freedom and to attain their basic human rights.

However, what Mesha’al should have focused on was the need for national unity and the best means to achieve it. After all, nothing is harming the Palestinian cause more than the disintegration of relations between the leaderships in Gaza and the West Bank.

Having said that, it is critical for Hamas, as much for the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), to mend fences and come together, under a single umbrella. This is being said given the fact that the Palestinians had bid for a non-member seat at the United Nations — and had successfully attained it.

If anything, this victory at the UN reflects the fact that the world community today is in favour of supporting Palestinian aspirations and is in fact backing their plight for their rights. It is therefore more appropriate for the leadership of Hamas to adopt steps that will unite the Palestinian people in pursuit of their aspirations.

(gulfnews.com / 09.12.2012)

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