- Published: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 11:21 AM
- Tags: AbbasIsraelMakor rishonMuqata blogPalestinian AuthorityUnity deal
This article appeared in the Hebrew Daily ‘Makor Rishon’ and has been tranlated by the Muqata blog.
Commentary Missing Peace:
Based on the information we receive from ordinary Palestinian Arabs, the idea’s of Al-Jabri are certainly representative for a significant part of the Palestinian population in the West Bank.
Many people who are old enough to remember the situation before 1993 (free to go into Israel) and who are often secular or not islamist, are fed up with the PA for internal political reasons.
At the same time they do not want Hamas. They know that a PA state will not improve their day to day life.
It is clear that implementation of the Fatah Hamas partnership which was announced Thursday, could signal the end of the Oslo accords.
Israel already frooze tax revenues which it collects for the PA. At the same time US Congressmen are demanding a probe into the PA use of US tax money to pay the recently released Palestinian terrorists.
The EU did not respond in a similar way. The Europeans announced earlier this week that they will increase their financial aid to the Palestinian Authority with 100 million dollar in 2012.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The first exposure of Israel’s contingency plan to replace the Palestinian Authority.
Later in the session, other aspects of the idea were discussed. ‘Makor Rishon’ learned that details about the meeting were transferred to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the GSS and the National Security Council.
In the context of “internal Palestinian unity”, there is a significant meeting in Cairo taking place today between PA Chairman and Fatah member, Mahmoud Abbas, and the head of Hamas, Khaled Meshal. Abbas would like to establish a joint government with Hamas, but is under heavy pressure by the Americans and Europeans.