[News] Prime Minister Haniya: stop blood shed and do not play into the hands of external forces
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Wed Dec 20 11:27:26 EST 2006
Prime Minister Haniya: stop blood shed and do not play into the hands
of external forces
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
Prime Minister Ismail Haniya addressed the public Tuesday night,
stressing the need to "maintain unity at home and abroad." He said
that national dialogue is the "master of the situation" and that "we
must not resort to arms." The Prime Minister urged all factions to
exercise restraint and calm, and to help "ease tension and resentment
we must end armed rallies."
President Abbas says similar things when he addresses the public, as
do most people and leaders, although the calls go largely unheeded
because the underlying issues are most complex, and all the while
external forces are manipulating the situation of a desperate public
who, by now, is having a more difficult time seeing the forest for the trees.
Prime Minister Haniya spoke in Gaza City for over an hour and a half
last night, doing what he could with words to decrease the chaos seen
in the streets as members of Fateh and Hamas "turn their resistance
weapons intended for the legitimate and internationally legal
resistance to occupation on each other."
The Prime Minister said that the "focal point that is necessary to
respect is the election results and how to handle them when they
come." President Abbas of Fateh called for early elections, in part
because the US will not lift the economic and political blockade
until Hamas is out of office, and because talks for a unity
government failed as Hamas would not cede points mandated by some in
the international community and Fateh was doing the external bidding
in some regards. And certainly, not least in the list of "why early
elections," Fateh will be back on top, where it had been for 10
years. Yasser Abed Rabbo said they needed three months to prepare
themselves. And the first time the elections were to be held in the
summer of 2005, Fateh postponed them and it was largely known they
did this because they were not certain of a victory. And when Hamas
was victorious in January 2006, it looked to journalists covering the
scene around the clock that even Hamas was surprised. But since then
the already devastated situation has gone downhill.
Hanyia did take a moment in his speech to convey what is obvious to
so many; that this internal chaos is not limited to internal forces,
that armed fighting amongst Palestinians is not fomented by local
Palestinian factions alone and are in a great many instances,
reactionary, and that the spiral into civil-war like conditions are
also the workings of external forces who have proven themselves, and
publicly admitted to being, enemies of the Palestinians, including
Israel, the occupier, and the United States, the moral and financial
supporters of the occupation.
The US called for democracy as if the Palestinian population did not
always hold highly fair, transparent and democratic elections in all
sectors, (see 1996, 2004 and 2006) but the US did not approve of the
democratic choice. Therefore the US imposed an economic and political
blockade. And now the Israeli Prime Minister says he must support
President Abbas. The Israeli Prime Minister has never supported
President Abbas, refusing to meet with him and referring to him as
being the "no negotiating partner" as was the late President Arafat
before him. The Israeli Prime Minister is not about to reach an equal
negotiating table, but many fear what will happen at one, what sort
of concessions the Palestinian Fateh leadership will make. The
Israeli Prime Minister's ploy of support for the "the moderates,
including President Abbas" is for the media. The take-over of
Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque are ongoing, as are invasions,
incursions, arrests and assassinations. And the Israeli government
stopped paying the taxes it owes and therefore we are unable to fully
pay public sector employees. Many say the tactic is to starve us
until we concede. But if the final concession is to leave our
historic Palestine, that will never happen." Haniya also spoke to the
existence of many "internal enemies who have their own agenda and a
are also sowing chaos, unrest and distrust."
Hamas has also stressed the need to reform the Palestine Liberation
Organization and pointed out that "there are American pressures
exerted on some figures and forces to not participate in the
Palestinian government, but we have said repeatedly that the door
will remain open to all Palestinian factions wishing to participate
in a government that has lived through the economic siege and
political isolation" since the first moment this government was formed.
Accusations of corruption come from both parties, and in both Hamas
and Fateh episodes of nepotism and corruption are easy to find, but
the democratic choice at the polls this year was Hamas, and many of
those who voted for them said at that the time that they did so
because they were looking for a change from the status-quo of
corruption in Fateh. But the Hamas member Prime Minister is still
holding out hope for a government of national unity, as is President Abbas.
During Prime Minister Haniya's Gaza City speech he said that "with a
basis of national consensus we can solve any problem, and we will
with a government of national unity be able to face the embargo united."
He also called for a "return of any abductees taken from among the
Hamas and Fateh members. Give back your brothers if you have taken
any hostages. This is not the way."
The Minster of Interior, Hamas member Said Siyam, is conducting an
emergency meeting with security services in a joint step to contain
the armed rallies. And the first objective for security is to find
the killers of the three children. I do not mind if the security
services join operations." Hamas' Executive Forces, set-up by Siyam,
have been on one side of the fighting, while the other side is
Fateh's Presidential Guard and Palestinian Authority security branches.
The Prime Minister rallied, "I call upon the Palestinian people to
reach a comprehensive national reconciliation everywhere. I was
prepared on behalf of the government that if there was blood shed to
pay the relatives of victims," at least as some kind of compensation
although the spilling of our own blood with our own hands is unforgivable.
Prime Minister Haniya said more Tuesday night, but of import was his
commitment to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, his
admission that the Qatari Initiative failed due to President Abbas,
and his reminder that he was willing to give up his position as Prime
Minister for the greater good, as he did within moments of the
beginning the discussion of new ministerial appointments in a unity
government. The President rejected the first choice who was a Hamas
member, and then rejected the independent who was chosen next. The
Hamas government has had literally nothing to work with since it won
the elections and then took office, but this not the fault of
President Abbas. This falls squarely in the lap of the United States,
more destructive than even the Israeli occupation has been this year.
Prime Minister Haniya and President Abbas may say similar words
during public speeches, (just reverse the party), but what the Hamas
government has undergone since it took office is unprecedented in
impossibility, even under Israeli occupation.
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