Unity Government May Not Be Perfect, But It Is Good News For Palestine
15 June 2014
By Khalid Amayreh
Very few Palestinians expect the new unity government
in Ramallah, composed of technocrats unaffiliated with
any political faction, to liberate Palestine from the
shackles of Zionism or defeat Israel and its
guardian-ally, the United States. We don't live in a
fantasy and we all know the facts on the ground too
But the unity government, whose formation has been
made possible thanks to last month's reconciliation
deal between Hamas, the Islamic liberation movement,
and Fatah, the mainstream PLO faction, is ostensibly
at least a welcome development for all Palestinians
and their enduring just cause.
Indeed, the fact that Israeli leaders have been
frothing at the mouth against the reconciliation
process is in itself a reason for hope, it means that
the unity government or "consensus government" is a
step in the right direction and should be given the
benefit of the doubt.
Yes, there are doubts, fears and misgivings. But when
Israeli leaders express their rage and dismay with us
or at something we have done, it should mean we are
doing the right thing, given the eternal contradiction
between the oppressed and oppressors.
That is why Palestinians must strive to shield the new
government from Israel's blackmailing tactics and
Israel has already initiated a series of sanctions and
punitive measures intended to bring the government to
its knees in earnest.
However, with the division behind us, the government
should be able to withstand and thwart Israeli
More to the point, with the bulk of the nations of the
world refusing to succumb to Zionist pressure to
boycott the new government, it is clear that its
chances for success are high.
Even the American administration, and despite a pliant
Congress that is at Israel's beck and call, is
refusing to cave in to Israeli pressure to boycott the
We know that we can't get all that we want. But we are
successfully pursuing our interests despite Israel's
vehement objections. We have done something against
To be sure, there will be unceasing attempts by Israel
and its fifth column, which is quite active in our
midst, to get us back at each other's throats. We must
therefore be on the guard and see to it that any
misunderstanding doesn't take us one or two steps
The division cost us dearly and cost our national
cause too much in every conceivable respect. We must
therefore hold on to this unity. We must do all that
is possible to strengthen it and consolidate it.
Failing to do so, God forbid, would be an unforgivable
blunder against ourselves and our just cause. In the
final analysis, the world can't be more Palestinian
than the Palestinians themselves.
But there are certain things the Palestinian
authorities in the West Bank and Gaza must do in order
to keep up the spirit of unity.
They must uphold human rights and civil liberties and
see to it that citizens have their basic human dignity
We are Palestinians. We have been through it all, from
creation to destruction. Thus we won't accept any
measure compromising our rights and liberties.
The authorities, while dealing with an iron-fist with
criminal elements and trouble-makers, must not resort
to flagrant excesses against honorable citizens for
voicing non-conformist views or protesting certain
policies or grievances. No one is above the law, not
Mahmoud Abbas or Ismael Haniya, or the police.
A final point: Israel has already said it will not
allow Hamas to take part in elections slated to take
place six months from now.
Well, this is a real threat and we must take it
seriously. Israel after all considers Palestinian
democracy a mortal threat to Zio-Nazism.
Hence, we must explore every possible way to
circumvent the Israeli threat. And if holding
elections is proven impossible, then alternative
measures will have to be sought.
Hamas in particular ought to be vigilant and extremely
cautious as to efforts by local, regional and
international parties to isolate the movement by
manipulating the election process.
After all, Hamas is not liked in so many quarters that
would love to see the liquidation of the Palestinian
cause. After all Hamas and its supporters are the main
obstacle impeding the realization of these powers'
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist
and political commentator living in occupied Palestine