“Washington to PA: ‘Don’t Over React Over WikiLeaks Documents” By Saed Bannoura

29 November, 2010 — Occupation MagazineIMEMC & Agencies

After some documents regarding the U.S-Palestinian relations and alleged plans prepared by Washington to foil Palestinian reconciliation attempts, the White House told the Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, that the P.A should not overreact.

The White House stated during a phone conversation with the office of President Mahmoud Abbas that the P.A should not overreact to the documents that are scheduled to be fully released in the coming days.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Palestinian official told the Maan News Agency that Washington’s message indicates that the White House is not making a big deal of the issue; therefore the Palestinian leadership should also not make a big deal of it.

The White House’s message revealed that some of the leaked documents will include ‘assumptions regarding the U.S. support to Israel over the Palestinians and the peace process’.

The documents also include ‘Washington’s stance against reconciliation talks between Fateh and Hamas.

Over the last few days, the White House briefed several U.S allies such as Britain, Canada, Australia, Turkey and Israel in order to inform them on the issue before the documents are published.

The Palestinian official said that ‘it is not a secret that Washington is acting against Palestinian reconciliation, and that it loves Israel and is trying to boost the power of Fateh leader, Mohammad Dahlan.

In an interview with the Maan News Agency, U.S State Department spokeswoman, Nicole Thompson, that the issue is not a ‘far-fetched possibility’, but refused to confirm or deny the reports.

Yet, Israel itself seems to be relaxed as the United States did not warn Israeli officials about any specific sensitive materials that could harms its international relations and its security.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told reporters Sunday that Israel and the U.S. have constant and close contacts and that Washington did not give any specific details and did not seem to be concerned about the documents.

But WikiLeaks head, Julian Assange, stated Sunday that the United States practically contacted almost every country in the World ‘to brief them about what some of these embarrassing revelations will do’.


Ramzy Baroud: Abbas and the Goldstone Report: Our Shame is Complete

16 October, 2009 — www.ramzybaroud.net

As Israeli bombs fell on the Gaza Strip during its one-sided war between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009, millions around the world took to the streets in complete and uncompromising outrage. The level of barbarity in that war, especially as it was conducted against a poor, defenseless and physically trapped nation, united people of every color, race and religion. But among those who seemed utterly unmoved, unreservedly cold were some Palestinian officials in the West Bank.

Mahmoud Habbash, the PA Minister of Social Affairs is but one of those individuals. His appearances on Aljazeera, during those fateful days were many. On one half of the screen would be screaming, disfigured children, mutilated women, and search parties digging in the dark for dead bodies, at times entire families. On the other, was Habbash, spewing political insults at his Hamas rivals in Gaza, repeating the same message so tirelessly parroted by his Israeli colleagues. Every time his face appeared on the screen, I cringed. Every unruly shriek of his, reinforced my sense of shame. Shame, perhaps, but never confusion. Those who understand how the Oslo agreement of September 1993 morphed into a culture that destroyed the very fabric of Palestinian society can fully appreciate the behavior of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank during the Gaza war, before it and today.

But especially today.

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Nassar Ibrahim: “Resistance Should be our Strategic Choice” An Analysis of the Palestinian Political Situation in the Wake of the Gaza Attack

19 January, 2009

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the Presidential palace in Cairo. Egypt actively supported Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip.

The following is an interview with Nassar Ibrahim, Policy Director of the Alternative Information Center. The interview was conducted on 16 January 2009 by Enrico Bartolomei

What is going on in the West Bank in relation to the Israeli attack on Gaza? Why is the reaction not so strong?

The reaction in the West Bank is strongly affected by the internal Palestinian split: the power in the West Bank is presently held by Fatah and the Palestinian Authority. Soon after the 2006 election in which Hamas won, the antagonism between the former Fatah-led PA and the new Hamas government became manifest. This opposition can be read as the difference between two strategic choices: the one represented by the Fatah leadership and supported by many Arab regimes loyal to the USA power, which sees the peace negotiations and the involvement of international institutions as the only way to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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Michel Chossudovsky: War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

8 January, 2009 Global Research

The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.

This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.

British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon’s Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.

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Khalid Amayreh: Second Fiddle to Israel

15 November, 2008

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have been trading harsh accusations as to who bears responsibility for the open-ended postponement of Egyptian-sponsored national reconciliation talks that were due to take place in Cairo earlier this week.

Citing Hamas’s decision to boycott the much-heralded talks, PA and Fatah leaders and spokespersons denounced the Islamic movement for being “unserious and insincere” about the restoration of Palestinian national unity.

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