Finally, the Palestinians reconcile with Fatah and Hamas agreeing to unite. I do not know how many times have they joined forces but the important aspect is they are reconciling. Egypt had put all its political weight and pressed the parties to reach a settlement. Now everyone has his hand on his heart for fear of failure of this agreement as many of the earlier agreements on rapprochement has failed. The situation of Palestinian inter-factional conflict is a sad picture of the most important and noblest issue in the Arab world.
Instead of talking about salvation from occupation, the talk was about trying to find a solution between the fighting Palestinian forces. I do not know anyone who would appreciate and imagine the extent of pain and suffering of the Palestinians, who are bearing the great injustices of the Israeli occupation. But it is also necessary to recall here the political folly committed by the Palestinian leadership and the high cost the Palestinians have paid.
The foolishness and mistakes began since the sin of Black September and the attempted coup against the regime in Jordan, followed by the biggest folly in Lebanon, which was the cause of the outbreak of civil war, and then belonging to the Assad regime (the criminal regime that killed Palestinians more than Israel camp wars in Lebanon).
However, the Palestinian leadership did not dare to condemn this, and only denounced the massacre of Sabra and Shatila and accused Israel and the Lebanese battalions. After this black history of the Assad regime and its allies, the follies of political Palestinian continued with Hamas joining Hezbollah and Iran.
Hamas continued its political follies to cooperate with the coup regime in Qatar, by becoming a tool for it, and antagonizing the Egyptian government, which historically has provided the Palestinians support. Egyptian soldiers have been wounded and martyred over the years in Palestine battles more than Qatarâ€™s population itself. Hamas has not only resorted to political hooliganism, but has dealt explicitly with terrorist factions to kill Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai and to smuggle arms. Over the past years, some Palestinian factions have been tools in the hands of crazy rulers and regimes such as Muammar Qaddafi, Bashar Al-Assad and Saddam Hussein.
Some factions have been employed to carry out the dirtiest of operations. This has harmed the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people. Today it is seen in their promotion to the Palestinian people that Qatar and Assad and Hassan Nasrallah and Iran are allies, while Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are its enemies, and this act is not innocent. It is clear today the biggest enemy of the Palestinian cause is the Palestinian political foolishness that has cost the noblest issue dear.
As described before, no one can imagine the magnitude of the suffering and the injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people under a brutal, unjust and bloody occupation. But there is moral and humanitarian responsibility for the Palestinian politicians to bear and recognize that they have become a contributor in a clear tragedy of the Palestinian people. It is no longer believable when they blame others. Perhaps, this latest reconciliation between the Palestinian factions is a last chance, for if the Palestinian politicians do not fully understand their interests and priorities, no one else would.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on October 29, 2017.
Hussein Shobokshi is a Businessman and prominent columnist. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al Takreer on Al Arabiya, and in 1995, he was chosen as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa. His twitter handle is @husseinshoboksh.