Palestinian leadership must unite with people and resistance to challenge Israeli annexation projects, Dr. Mohsen Saleh

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Dr. Mohsen Saleh, member of the General Secretariat of the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad (PCPA) and head of the Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, described the Palestinian authority’s statements that revoke the Israeli Occupation’s plans to annex the Jordan Valley and parts of the West Bank as part of the authority’s criticism of the Israeli side’s lack of commitment to the signed treaties.

He accentuated that the Palestinian authority’s credibility and seriousness are today put to test.

Appearing on Lika Khas program (Special Interview), aired by Palestine Today TV, Saleh noted that “If the Palestinian and Arab atmosphere is to stick to its current state, choosing not to take action, needed to challenge the Occupation’s projects intended by the annexation policy, the Occupation will embark on several procedural steps within the annexation-related frame, turning it into a law and passing it to the Knesset, where it will take the official form in relation to the Israeli entity.”

The current state of affairs, Saleh pointed out, has provided the Palestinian side with a suitable opportunity to act and work on “rearranging the Palestinian household inside Palestine and abroad, summoning up all its energies not only its factions. According to which, the intifada and Palestinian events gained a great momentum on the ground, accompanied, at the same time, by an awakening of the Arab consciousness, which pose obstacles before the Israeli entity and the projects of annexation.”

“The Palestinian protest against the Occupation’s projects of annexing the Jordan valley is not of a large-scale; however, it is critical, being one step forward in the right direction, should the Palestinian household seek a rearrangement,” Saleh stated, adding that “we stand before 60 declarations that reject coordination, as recorded by a number of researchers, which allows for questioning the credibility of both the authority and Fatah to put those declarations into effect.”

He accentuated that “Mahmoud Abbas’ statements regarding disassociation from the authority’s obligations with the Occupation, were paralleled by his attachment to combating terror, and international treaties and legitimacy. To the moment, he is placing himself within the square of the so-called international legitimacy and the idea of the two-state dream, which has been ruled out by the Israeli side.”

Saleh wondered at the Palestinian president’s, Mahmoud Abbas, statements’, lack of any indications to arrangements related to the Palestinian household, “given that setting the latter to order is a priority, as it is the most capable of reinforcing reality on the ground, such as inviting the unified Palestinian leading frame to meet.”

Saleh, member of PCPA’s General Secretariat, listed a number of undertakings that Abbas can opt for, including “holding a meeting for the unified leading frame, which collects the energies of the Palestinian people while waiting for the Liberation Organization’s arrangements and unleashing the Palestinian energies, operating abroad, as well as conducting coordination, this can be done outside the occupation-related context. Fatah, for its part, along with other resistance movements in every place, can activate its role and the role of the Palestinian people abroad to support their people inside Palestine.”

“Political detention in the West Bank and the prosecution of resistance cells must be ceased, so that the confrontation be between the Palestinian people and the occupation, without the authority implicating itself as a reassuring side to the occupation,” he added.

Saleh, director of Al-Zaytouna Centre, pointed to “freedoms, of politics and association, among others, and the need to break from the factional mentality of hegemony, which unfortunately we suffer in the Palestinian case. The Palestinian people is rich with capabilities, resources, icons and expertise, knowing that the Palestinian people does not only exist in the West Bank but also in Gaza Strip, 1948’s territories and abroad. We have to feel united, as to offer a model and view each other under a positive light, not as enemies. Would we opt for settling our scores while all Palestine is being lost, along with it our sacred possessions?”

Saleh called on the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to explore the capabilities that the Palestinian people can give and the facts it can impose on the ground, as it coerced the Occupation to open Bab al-Rahma (Mercy Gate), and the achievements of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza Strip, before examining "the framework of international legitimacy and what the Israeli party provides.”

He stated: “The Palestinian people is the main component of the liberation project, but it is also a nation’s project, since the Zionist threat does not only targets Palestine but also the nation. Furthermore, the Arab and Islamic dimension of this issue must be activated, and the Arab and Islamic peoples are beside us and are standing in solidarity with Palestine, unaffected by the regimes seeking normalization here or there. The humanitarian dimension is also along us, considering its widest borders, such as BDS and other movements. We have a just cause; nonetheless, we failed to manage it properly.”

"I hope the current Palestinian leadership, which is the leadership of the Authority, Fatah and the PLO, will move towards the line of cohesion with the Palestinian people and with the will of the resistance. But if it insists on the same line and blindness in the old fashion, I think it should step down so that the Palestinian people embarks on its future choices in a manner that challenges the occupation and stands up to the demands of this phase,” Saleh concluded.

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