Internationalize Now

[Al-Ahram-Egypt] Samir Ghattas - It should be acknowledged that the Palestinians, especially when compared to the Zionist movement, were and perhaps still are structurally ill-equipped to further their cause. This applies both to how they handled their drive towards independence internally and how they read changes in the political climate and international balances of power. Testimony to the latter, in particular, resides in a continuous record of injudicious choices, stretching from the Palestinian mufti's alliance with Germany in World War II, through Arafat's support for Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War, to Khaled Meshal's alliance with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in current developments that may culminate in a war against Iran. Calls to internationalize the Palestinian cause have gained momentum since Hamas' seizure of power in Gaza in mid-June. Since history has regretfully demonstrated that Palestinian factions and their leaderships are unqualified to lead the Palestinian people towards the realization of their aspirations for national liberation and an independent democratic state, clearly the best option is for the PA to take the initiative to dissolve itself within the framework of a national appeal to fully internationalize the Palestinian cause and to work to secure the best possible conditions for a trusteeship.

2007-08-24 01:00:00

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