24 July 2017   Climate Change and the Catastrophe of Trumpism - By: Sam Ben-Meir

21 July 2017   Uri Avnery: Soros' Sorrows - By: Uri Avnery

20 July 2017   Jerusalem’s orphans revolt - By: Daoud Kuttab

20 July 2017   Afghanistan: A Morally Corrupting War - By: Alon Ben-Meir


14 July 2017   Uri Avnery: Abe, Izzy & Bibi - By: Uri Avnery

13 July 2017   Laila Hzaineh - By: Daoud Kuttab

12 July 2017   Yemen’s Calamity Is Of Damning Proportions - By: Alon Ben-Meir



8 July 2017   Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza - By: Uri Avnery

7 July 2017   Hot summer in the Mideast - By: Daoud Kuttab

5 July 2017   The Kurds Under Erdogan's Tyrannical Governance - By: Alon Ben-Meir












5 أيلول 2015   "من الأزل".. آخر كتب الراحل جونتر جراس - بقلم: المركز الألماني للإعلام (ألمانيا إنفو/ almania info)



29 December 2016

Arab depth crucial to Palestinians

By: Daoud Kuttab
print     send by email

It has become an annual tradition: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and members of his government spend a few days before and during Christmas Day in Bethlehem.
 
While Abbas’ participation in the midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity is the highlight of the visit, the Palestinian leader has began to host regularly the local Palestinian community.
 
This Christmas reception hosted by Abbas enabled him and the local community to converse and exchange ideas and information about life in the Bethlehem area.
 
Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun came with the idea of the presidential reception a few years ago, and it has become an annual tradition with some 250 local dignitaries attending.
 
In his address at this year’s reception, Abbas spoke warmly about Jordan. He denounced the recent events in Karak and expressed condolences to the families of those who were killed by terrorists.
 
He praised His Majesty King Abdullah and his leadership of Jordan.
 
The warm words by the Palestinian president reflect the priorities of the Palestinian leadership after the Fateh congress.
 
During the late November meeting, the leading Palestinian liberation movement was able to overcome strong regional pressures and finalise the expulsion of Mohammad Dahlan, the former Gaza Fateh strongman who broke ranks with the leadership and was not invited to attend.
 
Abbas, who strengthened his own leadership at the Fateh congress, is giving top priority to the need to mend relations with nearby neighbours, Egypt and Jordan.
 
Abbas made a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia after the Fateh congress to thank the Saudi monarch for reinstating the regular Saudi stipend to the Palestinian government.
 
Saudi Arabia transferred $65 million to the Palestinian coffers shortly after the conclusion of the Fateh congress.
 
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt created a quartet which has made a series of requests of the Palestinian government, many of which were ignored by holding the Fateh event without Dahlan and his supporters.
 
Improving relations between Palestine and this quartet is important for the overall Palestinian reconciliation effort.
 
The Fateh congress witnessed the beginning of a rapprochement between Fateh and the Islamic Hamas movement.
 
If Abbas is going to be able to hold a session of the Palestine National Council (PNC) in the coming months, as requested by his movement, he needs to reach a breakthrough with Hamas regarding the rebuilding of Palestinians’ most important organisation.
 
The 130-member Palestinian Legislative Council (in which Hamas won the majority of delegates in 2006) constitutes less than a third of the PNC, which represents Palestinians around the world.
 
In order to proceed, Abbas and Hamas need to agree to a timetable for the implementation of the reconciliation agreements signed in Mecca, Cairo and Gaza.
 
The agreements call for the creation of a national unity government consisting of the various Palestinian factions, followed by holding a session of the PNC that includes Hamas and then by presidential and parliamentary elections, which are expected to seal the reconciliation and allow for a single central government to control both Gaza and the West Bank.
 
Jordan sent positive signals to the Palestinian leadership. Jordanian officials welcomed the messages of support that came from private and public levels of the Palestinian population.
 
Jordan also publicly supported the recent anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution, which passed with 14 votes for and one abstention, the US.
 
Palestinians, like many in the region and the world, are very happy that 2016 is about to end.
 
Every year when the Israeli occupation and settlement activities continue is not a good year for Palestinians.
 
The UN Security Council vote gave a guarded sense of optimism that 2017 might be the year when Palestine will witness an end to the half a century of occupation.
 
To reach this goal, Palestinians must overcome their internal differences and come out clearly as a unified front.
 
Such Palestinian unity will also need the unity of its Arab depth and the support of the international community.
 
Palestinian-Jordanian relations are crucial to the success of any concerted Arab effort to support Palestinians’ aspirations to become free and independent in 2017.

It is hoped that the new year will be better for all.

* A Palestinian columnist based in Amman, Jordan. - dkuttab@ammannet.net



Name
Email
Comment
Security Code

26 تموز 2017   فلسطين والعرب.. إشكالية العلاقة - بقلم: حسن العاصي


26 تموز 2017   الميل الدائم للتهدئة..! - بقلم: د. أحمد جميل عزم

26 تموز 2017   وجع السفارة وسيادة الأقصى..! - بقلم: خالد معالي

26 تموز 2017   "أوراد" حين تهدأ الخيول..! - بقلم: بكر أبوبكر

25 تموز 2017   نتنياهو ينزل عن الشجرة..! - بقلم: عمر حلمي الغول



25 تموز 2017   المنتصرون والخاسرون في القدس..! - بقلم: مصطفى إبراهيم

25 تموز 2017   قراءة أولية في "انتفاضة القدس"..! - بقلم: هاني المصري

25 تموز 2017   المقدسيّون يقدمون الضلع الأول - بقلم: د. أحمد جميل عزم

25 تموز 2017   أفغانستــان: الحرب المفسدة أخلاقيّـــا ً - بقلم: د. ألون بن مئيــر

24 تموز 2017   ذكرى ثورة يوليو الـ 65 - بقلم: عمر حلمي الغول

24 تموز 2017   الشعب الفلسطيني صاحب القرار الوطني المستقل - بقلم: د. عبير عبد الرحمن ثابت




31 اّذار 2017   41 سنة على يوم الأرض: تماسك الفقراء - بقلم: بسام الكعبي


6 كانون أول 2016   نيلسون مانديلا: حضورٌ يقهرُ الغياب..! - بقلم: بسام الكعبي


3 كانون أول 2016   عادل الأسطة: ناقد لامع ومحاضر بارع..! - بقلم: بسام الكعبي

13 تشرين ثاني 2016   الجريحة داليا نصار تقرأ مسيرة أم وديع بشغف لتنتصر - بقلم: بسام الكعبي





27 اّذار 2011   عداد الدفع المسبق خال من المشاعر الإنسانية..!! - بقلم: محمد أبو علان

13 شباط 2011   سقط مبارك فعادت لنا الحياة - بقلم: خالد الشرقاوي

4 شباط 2011   لا مستحيل..!! - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي


24 تموز 2017   نادى المؤذن..! - بقلم: د. عبد الرحيم جاموس



20 تموز 2017   أتيتك يا قدس..! - بقلم: نصير أحمد الريماوي

19 تموز 2017   القدس؛ كأس النار..! - بقلم: د. المتوكل طه


8 كانون ثاني 2011   "صحافة المواطن" نافذة للأشخاص ذوي الاعاقة - بقلم: صدقي موسى

10 تشرين ثاني 2010   رساله .. - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

3 تشرين ثاني 2010   شخبطة صحفية - بقلم: حسناء الرنتيسي

27 تشرين أول 2010   المدلل .. - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

21 تشرين أول 2010   فضفضة مواطنية - بقلم: حسناء الرنتيسي


4 اّذار 2012   الطقش


26 كانون ثاني 2012   امرأة في الجفتلك



 
 
 
top

English | الصفحة الرئيسية | كاريكاتير | صحف ومجلات | أخبار وتقارير | اّراء حرة | الإرشيف | صوتيات | صحفيون وكتاب | راسلنا

جميع الحقوق محفوظة © لشبكة  أمين الأعلامية 2017- 1996 
تصميم وتطوير شبكة أمين الأعلامية