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Palestinian unity is path to peace

By Joseph Wakim - posted Wednesday, 7 May 2014

If Israeli leaders are worried about a Palestinian unity government, they should look in the mirror. If they are worried about the forbidden apartheid word, they should look out the window.

When Benjamin Netanyahu alleged that 'Abu Mazen has chosen Hamas and not peace,' Palestinians enduring daily occupation asked: what peace?

If the continuing construction of Israeli settlements, home demolitions and military raids are ostensibly the hallmarks of 'peace', then Palestinians cannot be blamed for seeking alternatives. These actions in themselves have 'essentially buried' any remnants of a peace process.


It appears that no matter what Palestinians do, apart from capitulation, they are always the villains, never the victims.

If Palestinians embark on armed resistance or intifada, they are terrorists.

If a non-government movement embarks on a non-violent civil resistance or BDS, they are anti-Semitic.

If Hamas is democratically elected in Gaza as they were in 2006, they are blockaded.

If Fatah rivals Hamas as it did since 2007, it is rendered as impotent and illegitimate.

If Fatah reconciles with Hamas, they are anti-peace.


While the Netanyahu government rejects Hamas for refusing to recognise Israel's right to exist, it refuses to recognise Palestine's right to exist along the 1967 borders.

The US has threatened to stop providing aid to the Palestinian Authority unless three conditions are met: recognise Israel, renounce violence and accept previous agreements. The fact that these reciprocal stipulations are not imposed on Israel highlights the bias of the peace broker.

Netanyahu would be hypocritical to threaten a Palestinian national unity government when his own Likud-led coalition announced a similar pact with Shaul Mofaz, chairman of the opposition Kadima party, exactly two years ago.

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Joseph Wakim founded the Australian Arabic Council and is a former multicultural affairs commissioner.

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