Israeli plan to pass on Gaza responsibilities only to split Palestinians: analysts

13:55, July 18, 2010      

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's new plan to pass on Gaza responsibility sparked a large-scale Palestinian, Arab and international outrage, where Palestinians said the plan undermines the dream of establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The plan of the far-right wing leader coincides with an article published in the Israeli Ha'aretz Daily on Saturday, which said that former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens called for granting the West Bank Palestinians an Israeli citizenship with equal rights.

Palestinian observers believe that Lieberman's plan of passing on Gaza Strip's responsibility to Islamic Hamas movement, which has been ruling the costal enclave since 2007, and the plan to integrate the Palestinians in the West Bank into the state of Israel "are very dangerous."

RIVAL HAMAS, PNA BOTH REBUFF ISRAELI PLANS

Hamas movement, which snubs to sign on an Egyptian-drafted pact for inter-reconciliation to end the internal Palestinian rift and reunite the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with the West Bank ruled by President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party, rebuffed Lieberman's plan as trying to isolate the salient.

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) government in the West Bank -- President Abbas and his Fatah party as well as left-wing and radical Islamic parties -- denounced the plan of Lieberman, and all agreed that it is totally rejected "because it will divide forever the Palestinian territories."

"It is obvious that Israel tries by all possible means to apply the plan of isolating Gaza Strip and then undermining the Palestinian strategy of establishing the independent Palestinian state on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with East Jerusalem as its capital," Ghassan el-Khatib, the PNA spokesman told Xinhua.

"The Israeli plans would close the file of the Palestinian cause, deprive the Palestinians of their legitimate rights and kill their dream of establishing their independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967," Mkhimer Abu Se'da, a Gaza political analyst, told Xinhua

REUNITING HAMAS, FATAH WILL BLOCK ISRAELI DIVISION ATTEMPT

Israel has repeatedly presented several proposals to the Palestinians, to the Arabs and to the international community, to get rid of the 1.5 million populated Gaza Strip, which has been under a tight Israeli blockade since Hamas seized control of the poor costal enclave by force in 2007.

However, Gaza Hamas rulers denied reports saying that the Islamic movement plans to establish an independent Islamic emirate in the enclave and isolate it from the entire Palestinian territories.

"Israel felt relaxed to get rid of Gaza after Hamas seized control of it, Israel also encourages the internal rift and wants Hamas to keep controlling Gaza forever," said Abu Se'da.

Several polls conducted in the West Bank and Gaza over the past several months said that a vast majority of the Palestinians believe that ending the feuds between Hamas and Fatah and reuniting the West Bank and Gaza "would for sure block any Israeli plan to divide the Palestinian territories."

FUTURE OF PEACE PROCESS IS BLEAK

Abbas and the PNA position concerning the activation of the stalled Middle East peace process and achieving the long-waited Palestinian aspirations of freedom and independence is weak and unable amid the ongoing U.S. pressure on the Palestinians to move to direct negotiations with Israel.

They had so far failed to reach a permanent peace agreement that could stop the Israeli settlement, end the Israeli military occupation and establish the independent Palestinian state. Abbas and the PNA also have to face a dark fate of the peace process once the internal-Palestinian rift goes on.

"I believe that blocking the execution of Israel's plan of dividing the territories, or isolate the Gaza Strip, is the responsibility of the Palestinian negotiators," said Emad Mohsen, another Gaza-based independent political analyst, adding "The Palestinians are in need for unity to face the Israeli plans."

What is undeniable is either Israel's plans to pass on Gaza responsibility to Hamas or the plan to integrate the West Bank Palestinians into the state of Israel can be blocked once Fatah and Hamas reunite and the United States exerts more pressure on Israel, two basic issues that are currently mission impossible.

Source: Xinhua

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