Message to Abu Mazen

WHEN the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat visited Al-Quds, the Arab revolutionary systems responded with strong resistance fronts; while he reclaimed Sinai, the occupied Egyptian territories and established the Camp David border for Palestine. Those who were trading in the issue divided the Palestinian freedom fighters into various armed groups and they used the blood of Palestinians as a commodity in the international political scene.

The position of Al-Sadat was not meant to give up the Arab central issue but to obtain victory on par with the 10th Ramadan triumph which we now celebrate. It was a singular Arab victory, because many Arabs did not defend it, such that they let it go to the bargaining market at the expense of Al-Quds which currently suffers Judaization. Those who claim to be fighting resistance and their cohorts were busy with their internal wars and crises.

Arabs are now embroiled in endless quarrel and problems. Will the Palestinians continue to wait for an Arab to support their cause and end their 65-year long tragedy? Will they seize the historic opportunity and be consistent in their struggle towards establishing their nation? Undoubtedly, the Arab solidarity for Palestine will never happen, because what has not materialized over the last six decades will not happen now. The Arab and Islamic nations have become a disappointment in terms of dealing with internal issues and their international relations. In addition, the current position of the US will never be repeated, at least in the next two decades.

This has prompted us to tell Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, “Palestinians have been clamoring for victory, so be mindful of it and act accordingly. Do not wait for Arabs who merely agree to disagree. Through direct dialogue with your long-time foe, withdraw the Palestinian issue from the negotiation market that has increased the suffering of your people.”

Yes, Israel is not a lover of peace; because peace will not allow it to expand the occupied territories or arrest more Palestinians. Israel used the historic step taken by Al-Sadat to tell the world, at the time, that it wanted to make peace with its neighbors. It created justifications and mastered procrastination through a series of talks with Egypt, hoping that Cairo will be subjected to Arab rejection at any point.
Al-Sadat stood firm by his decision to retrieve every part of the occupied Egyptian territories. He achieved the best for his country through patience and consistency; but the Arabs did not benefit from the opportunity, which they wasted due to the violent reactions of the opposition and rostrum of revolutionaries.

Everybody understands that Palestine is no longer the priority of Arab and Islamic nations. Every of these countries has its own priority and they are now busy trying to fix the internal situation after the ‘tsunami’ that they witnessed due to the Arab Spring. Syria is not in the position to face any challenge, Egypt cannot play its expected role and Libya is embroiled in crisis. The situation is not different in Yemen and Tunisia, while the sectarian forces have divided Iraq through internal wars. Iran, which currently acts as the ‘protector’, is struggling hard to take control over the Arab world. It is looking for loopholes in the international wall through which it can breathe after being choked with embargo. It also suffers from the kind of uprising it has never witnessed since the 1979 revolution.

Who else can Palestine rely on for assistance? Can they rely on parties and groups that have become mercenaries to disrupt work on Arab causes through political misadventures and sectarian divisions? These groups include the Hezbollah whose members are busy killing Syrians and instigating internal chaos, as well as the Hamas Movement that has been resisting publicly and negotiating secretly with Israel to extend its control on Gaza through the opening of borders and bombarding residents with missiles. Can Palestine rely on Haniyyah and his cohorts who have been fighting under the slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood to ensure that their group in Egypt regains power?

Only the concerned people are left to handle the issue that has been transformed into an Israeli-Palestinian affair. The outcry of fake resistance groups, campaigns of the armed fronts and statements issued by others cannot bring peace. The best products of their terrorist activities are tragedies and international foes. Therefore, the Palestinian National Authority should determine their own fate and they should make peace through courageous acts to reclaim Palestinian rights. Under such circumstances, we wish to tell Abu Mazen, “Remain steadfast without any distraction. Make yourself the hero of our time by taking the opportunity to avoid a situation whereby the Palestinians will wait endlessly for the Arab ‘savior’ who will never come.”

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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