The President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas is betting on the backstage to return to the negotiations table, despite the statements he made regarding a break from the Israeli Occupation, said the head of the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad (PCPA), Anis al-Qasem.
Al-Qasem also necessitated that a new national council be elected, which is to offset the current leadership and lay the ground for a new phase, utilizing a wide range of resistance means, considering the declaration of disassociation from the Occupation made by the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) a declaration of the settlement track’s failure, which persisted over the 27 past years while always returning to square one.
In an interview with Felesteen Newspaper, al-Qasem commented on the 56th anniversary of the PLO’s foundation, saying that it corresponds to one of the most menacing phases and difficult circumstances endured by the Palestinian people and cause.
“The PLO is today going through a very menacing phase because it has been deprived of its entitlement to political leadership, which was in turn surrendered to an artificial creation, called the Palestinian Authority.”
Resorting to self-deceit, al-Qasem added, the Palestinian Authority regarded itself the nuclear of the state, as if it has not read the history of negotiations between the head of the Occupation’s government, Menachem Begin, and the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, when the former declared that the Palestinians would not have a state, between the river and the sea, which is an anchored Zionist policy throughout the Israeli history.
Addressing the PLO’s announcement of putting into effect the decision of disassociation from the state of the Israeli Occupation and cancelling the treaties with both U.S. and Israeli governments, as well as the seriousness of the decision’s application, al-Qasem said: “The PLO can theoretically break away from the ‘Oslo’ restrictions, but the method adopted by the current leadership, when both PLO and the Authority announced disassociation from the Oslo accords, indicate a lack of seriousness,” adding that the a split from Oslo is not as easy as “packing a suitcase and leaving on your own.”
Al-Qasem pointed out that the Authority’s leadership has not made any arrangement or take any steps proving its preparedness to the post-Oslo phase.
He added: “Looking into the current state of affairs, the Authority would be seen as fixed in place, unmoving, as if nothing has happened. The government itself is also fixed in its place, along with the presidency and the security services. We are not even sure whether the security services have been restructured or not.”
He stressed that the Authority’s declaration of separation from Oslo Accords urges that it restructures the security services, for Oslo was all about security coordination, wondering: “Where did the security services go? Who is controlling them? Since they have been trained, cultured and ideologically built by the American General Dayton, in coordination with the Israeli Mossad. Accordingly, we must be informed of the fate of the Authority’s security services.”
Al-Qasem pointed out that the Palestinian leadership has been practicing “self-deceit” historically, as if the Occupation has already annexed the Jordan Valley and settlements, planned for early July, while it never stole the Jordan Valley, the eastern water basin, or had never embarked on ethnic cleansing in the Jordan Valley.
He noted that (300,000) Palestinians were based in the Jordan Valley in June 1967, which went down to (60,000), as the Occupation’s settlements amounted to (31), cynically saying: “As if we did not know that (Israel) was committing all these crimes, while we kept silent.”
On the planned Israeli announcement of annexation, the Head of the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad indicated that like all Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories; it will start as a realistic expansion, while it would be legally declared when the public opinion has grown accustomed to it. He cited what happened after the defeat of June 1967, when the Occupation expanded the borders of its municipality in occupied Jerusalem/ al-Quds. At the time, the Occupation’s authorities did not declare the expansion of the municipality’s borders until they grew vast, supplementing them with the roads they built and turning the new area of al-Quds into a part of the Occupation’s state, which in 1980 declared al-Quds as the capital of the of the Jewish people.
On this note, al-Qasem said: "This is an example of the actual annexation and expansion carried out by the occupying state, which will be followed by the legal declaration and expansion."
The announcement by the Executive Committee of the dissolution of the agreements with the Occupation’s authorities comes in response to the latter's plan to include more than (130) settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley, which runs between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, in early July.
Speaking of what lies ahead of the Authority, al-Qasem believes that the authority is liable to face a bleak future because it has abandoned the Palestinian constants and sold itself. Accordingly, if the Authority does not prepare to restructure the PLO and found a new national council, resorting to free elections, it will turn the Palestinian cause’s future into a “tragic nonsense.”
Responding to the question whether the conflict will return to the way it was in the beginnings? Al-Qasem ruled such a possibility out under the current leadership, as it is "completely bankrupt and cannot be counted upon to save the political process of the Palestinian people.”