BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Authority will continue plans in 2014 immediately after a 9-month time limit given to Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to reach an agreement ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a Fatah official said Saturday.
Speaking to Ma’an, Nabil Shaath said no peace deal would emerge after the nine-month limit “because of what Israel and the United States are proposing.”
He acknowledged that developments related to the question of Palestine in 2014 would be unpredictable and worrying because of the dire conditions in the Arab world.
Shaath highlighted that the “so-called Arab Spring has become very dusty spring.”
Nevertheless, the Fatah official expects 2014 to be dedicated to reactivating Palestinian resistance. The PA, he said, is expected to join more UN organizations and to dedicate efforts to achieve reconciliation with Hamas.
“We have to use smart and fruitful means of struggle rather than violent struggle in order to maintain international support, as negotiations have failed to make a single step forward.”
He added: “The minimum of what we were offered in the year 2000 hasn’t been reached, not to mention that the US has failed to exert pressure on Israel to guarantee Palestinian rights.”
It seems “impossible” to reach an agreement, says Shaath, due to Israeli demands of maintaining security control, annexing Palestinian lands, refusing Palestinian sovereignty in Jerusalem and requesting that the PA recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.
“We will not recognize Israel as Jewish state, and would like to ask John Kerry if he agrees that we recognize the US as a Christian state,” Shaath said.
Thus, he added, the Palestinians have the right to practice resistance by all means.
“However, we should choose a smart resistance which will not cause us calamities like what happens when a missile is launched from Gaza. We have to make sure the world will show solidarity with us just as in Europe where settlement products will be boycotted by the beginning of 2014.”