Palestinian experts: Hamdallah came with a green light from the US

[ PIC 04/06/2013 – 09:31 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Writer and political analyst Ibrahim Al-Madhoun said that Abbas’s decision to replace Salam Fayyad by the academic Rami Hamdallah came with American blessing.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to appoint Rami Hamdallah, head of the Nablus-based An-Najah University, as the next prime minister in place of Salam Fayyad, who resigned from the post a month and a half ago after frequent disagreements with Abbas.

This US green light came to keep the West Bank calm and stable in light of the Israeli escalated settlements, to alleviate the PA financial and administrative failure and to undermine any attempt for the outbreak of a third Intifada, Al-Madhoun said.

He stressed that the appointment of any PA Prime Minister must be approved by Israeli and American authorities in order to commit with the Israeli security obligations.

Hamdallah is a member of the Fatah Party who meets Fatah movement request, by contrast Fayyad was not a PLO member where they held him fully responsible for all the government failures, he explained.

Hamdallah’s appointment translates Abbas’s unwillingness to achieve reconciliation and reinforces the West Bank collapse in light of the escalated Israeli settlement projects, he added.

Al-Madhoun affirmed that this PA government does not differ of the last government where it came without the PLC consultation.

He considered the appointment as a deal with the American administration and Israeli authorities aiming to satisfy Fatah members and keep West Bank away from the revolutionary spirit.

It seems that Fayyad was seeking to put an end to the Fatah cadres’ corruption, however Hamdallah will provide them a cover to their illegal practices in West Bank, Al-Madhoun said.

Furthermore, many Palestinian politicians and analysts criticized Abbas’s decision to appoint Hamdallah, saying that it will reinforce the Palestinian internal division.

Professor Abedl Sattar Qasem, lecture in political science at al-Najah University in Nablus, said that this new PA government is only an exchange of names and not policies.

Qasem, who was detained in PA jails due to his criticism of Hamdallah’s policies during his presidency of Najah University, confirmed that Hamdallah appointment came after an American and Israeli approval.

Qasem confirmed that the forming of the new PA government seriously harms the reconciliation agreement.

For his part, the Political analyst Mustafa Sawaf affirmed that in light of the Palestinian division the move has no collective consensus and will increase the internal gap.

He added that there are no real breakthroughs to end the current Palestinian division.

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