Arab Sell-Out 2.0 | Palestinian factions: land swap … an Arab Balfour Declaration

[ PIC 07/05/2013 – 09:48 PM ]

images_News_2013_05_07_al-delgation-us_300_0[1]RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The vast majority of the Palestinian factions and leaders have rejected the idea of land swap between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides.

The Palestinian factions considered the Arab League ministers’ approval of the idea of land swap a new “Balfour Declaration” offered for free by the Arabs this time, and said that it came to give a legal cover to the settlement activity in the West Bank and the occupied Jerusalem.

The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas Khaled Meshaal stressed on his movement’s complete rejection of the land swap principle which has been recently put forward by the Arab League, and warned of its serious consequences on the Palestinian cause.

“We are against this move and against the persistent policy of waivers,” Meshaal said.

Aziz Dweik, Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), condemned this Arab position and said that “accepting the principle of the exchange of lands contributes to legitimize the occupation of Palestine.”

For his part; Khaled Batsh, member of the political leadership of the Islamic Jihad movement, refused the idea of exchange of lands between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Factions from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) have also expressed their rejection of the position of the Arab League delegation.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine saw this step as a prelude to legitimize settlement in the occupied city of Jerusalem and the West Bank, which violates the international law and the Geneva Conventions, and stressed that no one has the right give up any part of Palestinian land.

Qais Abu Leila, member of the Political Bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, stressed that the proposal of land swap is a new waiver for the benefit of the occupation and legitimize the settlement activity.

Palestinian political analyst Samih Hamouda, Professor of Political Sciences at Birzeit University, said that the position of the Palestinian Authority itself regarding the land swap initiative put forward by the Arab states seems to be ambiguous.

Nash’at al-Aqtash, professor of media at Birzeit University, told Quds Press agency that the proposal of the land swap is ​​an Israeli idea presented by the United States of America to the Arabs who accepted it.

He pointed out that although all the Palestinian factions condemned this trend for its seriousness, the position of the Palestinian Authority was not clear.

Al-Aqtash noted that Israel wants through this proposal to promote the idea of the resumption of negotiations, stressing that “Israel does not want to reach practical results.”

PLO’s position regarding the Arab initiative for peace contrasts with the position of the Palestinian Authority. The positions were divided between for and against.

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