The Palestinians Are Now Fully Aware that the Arab World Has Changed

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - For the first time in decades, the Palestinians now realize that the Palestinian issue is no longer the central issue of the Arab world. And for the first time in decades, the Palestinians are now fully aware that the Arab world has changed. "As far as many Arab countries are concerned, Iran, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood organization are the real enemy, and not Israel," said Amjad Shaheen, a prominent Fatah activist. "What's worrying is that many Arabs are attacking the Palestinians and are saying they are fed up with us and our issue. The Palestinian people feel abandoned and isolated." Prof. Sari Nusseibeh, who once served as the PLO's representative in Jerusalem, said, "The support we've had from the Arab world...has not actually borne fruit, as far as the Palestinians are concerned....Things seem to be sliding back, so to speak. Of course, this causes a great deal of pain for the Palestinians." "Our leadership is under pressure not only because it has not been moving forward with the peace process, but because the Palestinians in the areas it controls are not happy with its governance. I don't even discount violent change. Everything is possible."

2020-09-24 00:00:00

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