By Wessam Abu Zaid GAZA, Ending divisions among Palestinian parties and thus achieve national unity are key to countering any future Israeli coalition government, Palestinian factions have said.
National unity is the most important pillars of any Palestinian position vis-a-vis any Israeli government, they agreed.
“We will be unable to facing upcoming challenges which have become more grave following outcome of the Israeli elections and the coalition of the extreme right, which is controlled by army generals,” said Dawood Shahab, spokesman of the Islamic Jihad.
He said the Islamic Jihad sought national unity and conciliation with other factions.
Shahab said the Palestinian factions have proposed a conciliation initiative, which he hoped would be adopted by the Fatah, Hamas and the Arab League.
The Israeli elections, he said in a statement to KUNA, would not change Palestinian relations with the Israeli occupation. The Israeli parties, he added, “are competing on who will be more extremist, discriminatory and aggressive against the Palestinian people and Arab in general.” These elections, said Shabah, were held in a “colonial entity that occupied the Palestinian lands by force… and is always expanding” at the expense of Palestinian territories.
Fayez Abu Aita, Deputy Secretary General of the Revolutionary Council of Fatah movement, said failure of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to win elections was a collapse of his policy based on expansion of settlements, Judaizing the state and rejection of the two-state solution.
Speaking to KUNA, Abu Aita said there was no difference between policies of Netanyahu and his contender Benny Gantz. “They are two faces of the same coin,” he added.
Therefore, he went on, divisions among Palestinian factions should end and national unity should be realized because they were the only “weapon to counter policies of the Israeli occupation.” The Palestinian leadership does not object negotiations with any future government, he said, but they should lead to the two-state solution and halt of settlements.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said any winner of the Israeli elections would annex the occupied West Bank, reject Palestinian rights in occupied Jerusalem and denied right of return of Palestinians abroad, as well as their right to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Speaking to KUNA, Qassem said Gantz’ Blue and White party consisted of former army generals who committed massacres against the Palestinian people.
Qassem said the Israeli parties were implementing the same anti-Palestinian policies but each was adopting a different approach.
He called for ending the division to pave way for formation of a Palestinian government of national unity, which would have a mandate of supervising general and presidential elections.
Qassem underlined the Palestinian people would continue their resistance of Israeli occupation until realizing their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Mahmoud Khalaf, member of Central Committee of the Democratic Front, ruled out any political solution with any Israeli party.
He called on the UN to hold an international peace conference to provide protection for the Palestinian people. He also urged Arabs to stop any move aimed at normalizing relations with the Israeli occupation.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tasked Netanyahu Wednesday with forming the next government following the announcement of the official results of the September 17 general elections.
The Central Elections Committee said that Netanyahu’s Likud Party won 32 seats, one seat less than Gantz.
Announcing his decision at the nomination ceremony, Rivlin said Netanyahu was better qualified to the mission than Gantz since the former can garner support from 55 Knesset members while 54 support Gantz.
Source: Kuwait News Agency