Qabaha: Boosted Fatah reconciliation calls a media maneuver

[ 03/03/2011 – 11:02 AM ]


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Former prisoner affairs minister Wasfi Qabaha has called on Fatah to translate its intentions behind the recent boost of calls to reconciliation.

He said the least tangible act that can be done to reflect good intentions is to empty its prisons of Hamas political prisoners.

”There are matters more urgent than the elections,” Qabaha told the PIC referring to decisions to hold presidential and legislative elections this September.

He said elections would ”perpetuate the domination and tyranny.”

”Any calls for reconciliation should not be slogans for media marketing, but should play out on the ground. What is going on in the West Bank does not reflect sincere intentions towards reconciliation.”

He said current Fatah statements calling for reconciliation are ”verbal initiatives and media marketing” aimed at coming out of the internal Fatah crisis, especially as there are heavy Fatah demands that the party gain the majority in any future government.

According to a poll by the PIC last week, more than 80 per cent said they believed that Fatah’s recent boost in reconciliation calls are part of a ”maneuver” to come out of the current political crisis the party has been facing after leaked documents revealing negotiators’ willingness to back down on key Palestinian rights, and amid popular revolutions sweeping the Arab nations that demand government reforms.

Qabaha: Boosted Fatah reconciliation calls a media maneuver.

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