Palestinians Sign Unity Pact – Preparation for Statehood

Moves to establish a Palestinian state are fast gathering momentum.

From the Communist Party USA’s Peoples World.

Leaders of 14 Palestinian political parties including Fatah and Hamas announced a unity agreement in Cairo on Wednesday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who also heads the Fatah party, joined Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh for the announcement.

Also present were Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi and United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry.

The pact provides for a transitional unity government of nonpartisan “technocrats” that will prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections next year. The new government will administer the Palestinian territories, while the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) will continue to be in charge of international relations including peace talks with Israel.

The signing of the agreement on Tuesday and the ceremonial announcement Wednesday saw “all the Palestinian factions come together for the first time in four years,” al-Jazeera correspondent Nicole Johnston noted.

The agreement would end the split between the West Bank and Gaza which dates back to 2007. It is seen as a key step for the Palestinians in building international pressure on the Israeli government to come to terms with a Palestinian state. A next step is a request for full United Nations recognition of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders. That request is expected to be taken up by the UN in September.

The local communist party, Palestinian People’s Party, was included in the signatories.

“We signed the deal despite several reservations,” Walid al-Awad, a leader of the Palestinian People’s Party, told Egyptian television, according at an al-Jazeera report. “But we insisted on working for the higher national interest,” he said.

The idea of a unified Palestinian state is being treated almost as a fait accompli.

How will Israel cope, with several hostile states on her borders and the turning of former key ally turkey and the re-orientation of formerly semi friendly Egypt?

Peace has come to the Middle East?

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6 thoughts on “Palestinians Sign Unity Pact – Preparation for Statehood

  1. Sounds like this preparation is timed to align with the flotilla approaching Gaza, and the anniversary of Israel independence on May 14th. The coming together of the “perfect storm”?

  2. These groups will be backed by an Egypt led by the Muslum Brotherhood and there will be war. Soon enough, indeed. Events are going faster and faster, with Israel being set up as the scape goat for warfare.

    The storm in the middle east is still building and contrary to what many will expect, or even hope, Israel will not pass into the night without taking more than a few enemies with her if that comes to be in the near future.

    This is the final nightmare for the area, draw a circle 400km across from Israel, any opposition target within that range will suffer final annhilation if it comes to Israels final option.

    Her enemies (of Israel) fight for an ideal; the people of Israel fight for the ideal of freedom, and the identity of their home and their lives.

  3. If the Palestinians, whatever that is, declare a second state, they already have one called Jordan in which they are 75% of the population, then Israel will annex Judea and Samaria.

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