Abbas’s meeting with the Minister of Occupation .. Does it fall within the context of Israel’s implementation of the deal of the century?
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The Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Mustafa Barghouti, said that the meeting that brought together Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz falls within the context of the occupation’s implementation of the Deal of the Century.
Barghouti said that the meetings that bring the Palestinian Authority together with the Israeli occupation always focus on the economic and security aspects, at a time when the occupation continues and the settlers’ attacks continue, and that the last meeting between Abbas and Gantz is an actual implementation of the deal of the century (announced by former US President Donald Trump) from before the occupying government.
Yesterday, Tuesday, the Palestinian president met the Israeli Defense Minister at his home, and Israel said that Abbas confirmed the continuation of security coordination and the pursuit of the resistance in the West Bank, while the meeting was condemned by both the resistance factions and the hard-line Israeli right-wing parties.
The Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative – who was a guest on an episode of the program “Beyond the News” – criticized the Abbas-Gantz meeting, describing it as an unacceptable and unfortunate matter, and said that the Israeli side is manipulating the Palestinian National Authority and using such meetings to create The illusion that there are contacts with the Palestinians, in order to cover up his crimes and his marginalization of the Palestinian cause, with evidence that the meeting did not discuss the political process or the issue of the Palestinian state.
While stressing that one of the goals of the occupation is to deepen the Palestinian division, Barghouti called for the need to unify the Palestinian ranks through consensus on a national strategy of struggle, noting that the Palestinian people have lost confidence in the Oslo approach and the path of negotiations, and that he expects his leadership to live under the same conditions and defend it. .
The meeting between Abbas and Gantz did not come as a surprise to the expert on Israeli affairs, Saleh al-Naami, but rather the location of the meeting, which took place at the home of the occupation minister, and saw that the meeting falls within the framework of strengthening security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli occupation intelligence.
Al-Naami listed the motives for meeting Abu Mazen and the Israeli minister in points: the outbreak of a wave of Palestinian resistance operations in the West Bank, the spread of resistance centers in the West Bank, and the presence of indications among the Israelis that Abbas’s authority over the West Bank is loosening, as well as the occupation army’s recognition that its ability to contain Palestinian resistance has become limited.
While he questioned why the meeting did not discuss the issues of settler attacks and Judaization, and what the prisoners are exposed to in the occupation prisons, the guest of the “Behind the News” episode stressed that Israel “will not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state,” and stressed that the act of popular resistance proved to be much greater than that. The act of negotiations, and that the meetings of Abbas and the occupying authority also showed that the internal Palestinian division is not between the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and the National Liberation Movement (Fatah), but is between an authority cooperating with the occupation and a people who reject the occupation.
“The Duty of President Abbas”
In a different position, writer and political analyst Muhammad Hawash defended the meeting of the Palestinian president and the Israeli defense minister, and said that it comes in the context of tension occurring within the Palestinian territories, as well as international efforts to re-establish confidence between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.
While acknowledging that meetings with the Israelis are rejected by the Palestinian people because they see no hope in them, Hawash clarified that it is the duty of the Palestinian president to discuss how to stop the occupation’s attacks through diplomatic means and otherwise, and that the last meeting came to stop the settlers’ attacks.
The writer and political analyst demanded an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state.