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And, Now, Who Will Accept Responsibility for the
18 Years of Failure?
A Palestinian Internal Criticism
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, November 21, 2009
Finally, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has admitted, belatedly,
of course, that 18 years of talks and negotiations with Israel have
availed to nothing.
In an interview with the pro-Fat'h news agency, Ma'an, on Wednesday, 11 November, the prominent PA negotiator Sa’eb
Uraiqat (Erekat) was quoted as saying that all negotiations with
Israel since the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991 produced a zero result.
“We have reached the decisive moment, we have to be frank with our
people, we have failed to reach the two-state solution.
reached a conviction that Israel doesn’t want to see an independent
Palestinian state on the territories occupied in 1967.”
Uraiqat, great that you’ve waken up after 18 years of deep
dormancy. This is probably the longest duration of hibernation one can
But someone must be called to account for 18 years of
failure, deception and lies.
True, Israel is ultimately
responsible for this failure, but you and your colleagues are also
responsible for this monumental fiasco.
Indeed, even if
we were dealing with minor management failure at a small
business, conclusions would have to made and those responsible would have to
But we are talking about our national cause,
about Palestine, the patrimony and future of our people, which means that
failure at the leadership level amounts to criminal negligence bordering on
Can you Mr. Uraiqat imagine the amount of suffering
and losses we have incurred and are still incurring under the
rubric of this hateful and barren process in which you
personally were involved from the very inception?
Can you imagine
how much pain and tears we could have saved our people if you and your
colleagues had not made these scandalous miscalculations?
somewhere has to show us the accountability sheet. After all, thousands of
Palestinians lost their lives due to this huge illusion euphemistically and
mendaciously called “peace process.”
Moreover, Israel, the
deceitful peace partner, exploited every minute and every hour of
these 18 years to kill more Palestinian children, destroy more Palestinian
homes, steal more Palestinian land and build more Jewish settlements while
you and your bosses- Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas- kept fretting and
babbling about a peace process that had actually more to do with
political whoredom than with true efforts to achieve genuine peace.
For the sake of this “peace process” Palestinians had to kill each
other, our human rights had to be crushed, our civil liberties had to be
violated and a police-state apparatus had to be imposed on our people.
You and your colleagues thought, out of stupidity, ignorance and arrogance,
that if you tormented our people on Israel’s behalf, which you
have done extremely efficiently, Israel would give you our usurped
legitimate rights on a silver platter and allow you to build a viable and
independent state in the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Instead, Israel has treated you as worthless collaborators whose main job is
to repress and pacify the Palestinians for Israel’s sake.
Frankly, you deserve the humiliating treatment you have been receiving
from the Zio-Nazis. You deserve it because you could have reached the same
conclusion about Zionist mendacity from the first year or the second year of
the hapless Oslo era.
However, instead of “smelling it from afar,”
you allowed yourselves to be bamboozled and duped for 18 long years,
and whenever an honest-minded Palestinian advised you against further
beguilement , you used all the bad epithets in the dictionary to
describe these sincere people who sensed the falsehood and deception from
We, the people of Palestine, need to know why it took
you and your colleagues, people like Abbas, Yasser Abed Rabbo and ilk, 18
long years to discover that Israel is not sincere about peace.
you intoxicated? Were you stupid? Were you gullible? Were you blind?
And now after all this shameful legacy, do you still expect the
Palestinian people to grant you another 18 years to further experiment with
the national cause?
Well, the least you should do now is really to
quit with whatever semblance of dignity you may still have. Not doing so
would be a scandalous expression of national irresponsibility.
this is the logical conclusion that you must reach, otherwise you and your
friends would be flying in the face of the Palestinian people.
We cannot afford to see another 18 years of miscalculation, lies
But in order to ensure that this won’t happen
again, all the faces of failure would have to leave the scene, perhaps to
retire and write their memoirs.
Mr. Uraiqat, you wrote a
book recently entitled “Life is negotiation.” Perhaps this time you might
have to write another book entitled “life is honor.”