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As Palestinians Await Obama's Egypt Speech, We Must Show Unity

 

"Now we are a house divided. We are in the utmost difficulty. Because of the conflicting regional powers whose influence has so penetrated our area, and due to our domestic difficulties, of all of the parties eagerly awaiting Obama's speech, Palestinians are the most sensitive to his words."

 

By Yahi Rabah

 

Translated By James Jacobson

 

May 18, 2009

 

Palestine - Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda - Original Article (Arabic)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas: More than most Arab leaders, he and the people he leads will be sitting on the edge of their seats when President Obama delivers his long-awaited address to the Islamic world on June 4.

 

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U.S. President Barack Obama will be in Cairo on the 4th of June, when at the venerable Al-Azhar University, he will deliver a historic address to the Islamic world.

 

Until then, the Palestinian dialogue [Fatah-Hamas], the so called dialogue between militants and moderates - and dialogue in the region in general, await the words of Barack Obama. This is so because in terms of embracing policies of stabilization, American relations with allies and opponents in the region appear to be the deciding factor. The U.S. is similarly pivotal in regard to whether we are headed toward positive engagement or obstruction in the peace process.

 

The two-state solution, although it has a good deal of regional support, still isn't welcomed by everyone [Israel and Hamas]. For there are those who believe establishing a Palestinian state would diminish their own influence or at least puts a check on their own activities - activities which they believe serve their stated or hidden long-term interests. [The author, who is writing from the West Bank and is presumably a member of Fatah, appears to be talking of Hamas, which now governs the Gaza Strip and opposes a deal with Israel.]

 

Since the establishment of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Palestinians have tried and succeeded many times - but have failed many times as well. [The Fatah is one of ten parties in the PLO. Hamas is not a member].

 

Now we are a house divided. We are in the utmost difficulty. And it's only natural that this weakness would influence our national dialogue and reconciliation efforts. Meanwhile, the perception of our vulnerability affects us negatively in the intense regional powerplay now taking place. We need a clear and united international position and real international support that includes programs and mechanisms that are practical and timely. Without this we will continue standing in line, slowly disintegrating and headed toward an even darker fate.

 

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Because of the conflicting regional powers whose influence has so penetrated our area, and due to our domestic difficulties, of all of the parties eagerly awaiting Obama's speech, Palestinians are the most sensitive. At the moment, dialogue among ourselves is scuttled before it begins, dates for the holding of dialogue seem to recede further and further in time and the progress that we talk of and that we believe has already occurred may end up being a mirage that evaporates in thin air.

 

Perhaps a last bit of advice is in order here: That we, who are waiting in line, should try not to harm ourselves and our national plans. It's enough for us to deal with the harm being done by others.

 

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Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Obama: A Humble Leader Worthy of His Great Nation

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Al Watan, Oman: When 'Hussein' is the Most Beautiful Word

L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon: Stars, Stripes and the Muslim Crescent

L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon: Arab Leaders Should Heed Obama's Words

Financial Times Deutschland, Germany: Obama's Brain Twister: Selecting a Muslim Venue

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US May 19, 8:19pm]