Arab Sell-Out 2.0 | Analyst: Arab initiative does not meet minimum rights of Palestinian people

[ PIC 04/05/2013 – 02:06 PM ]

images_News_2013_05_04_arab_300_0[1]GAZA, (PIC)– Political analyst Dr. Naji Batta said that Hamas movement had unequivocally rejected the Arab initiative, and said that “it does not meet the minimum rights of the Palestinian people.”

Batta told PIC on Saturday that the Arab initiative and the idea of land swaps crossed red lines and pointed to more concessions.

“The Arab initiative is originally rejected, because Palestine is not for sale or rent,” the political analyst said, stressing that no one has the right to give up any part of the land of Palestine.

Egypt, for its part, stressed that the Arab Peace Initiative still represents the basis on which the Arab position regarding the resolution of the Middle East conflict is based.

The Ambassador Amr Rushdie, spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, said in a press statement on Thursday evening that Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr has stated that this initiative was issued by the Arab League summit in Beirut in 2002, and therefore cannot be modified by any other party.

Rushdie added: “The issue of land swap between the Palestinian and Israeli sides has nothing to do with the Arab peace initiative. It is rather a negotiating position which the two sides have already discussed in previous negotiations.”

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed the “change” which the Arab League has introduced in its peace initiative in the Middle East that was announced in 2002, and its acceptance of the principle of land swap between Israel and the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Hamas representative in Lebanon, Ali Baraka, stressed his movement’s commitment to the option of resistance as the only way to liberate the land and restore rights and holy sites, and its rejection of the new Arab concession represented in the idea of land swap.

This came in a joint statement Baraka issued with Hamelkart Ataya, Palestine Commissioner in the Lebanese “Syrian Social Nationalist Party”.

The statement stressed the need to preserve the unity of the nation, to focus on supporting the Palestinian cause, and to join efforts to protect the right of return and thwart the Israeli settlement projects.

It also urged Lebanon to recognize the civil and human rights of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and to provide them with a decent living until they are able to return to their homes in Palestine.

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