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  • Published 03:22 13.05.11
  • Latest update 03:22 13.05.11

Israel has to choose: Mideast peace or apartheid

The choice is not between Hamas and Israel; the choice is between settlement-colonies or states: between accepting two states with the 1967 border or maintaining an apartheid regime.

By Saeb Erekat
 The writer is the chief Palestinian negotiator.


Having all Palestinian political factions come together for national reconciliation was an emotional experience for all Palestinians who witnessed the events taking place in Cairo. The Arab Spring has finally reached Palestine. The left, the religious right, and the nationalist camp − across the Palestinian political spectrum − with the support of the new Egyptian government, reached an agreement to establish a technocratic administration in order to hold elections within one year and rebuild the Gaza Strip. This is a critical step in our path toward freedom and independence.

This ceremony was a representation of the will of our people. After the reconciliation ceremony, a young boy from Gaza was reported to have said, “I call on Fatah, Hamas and the rest of the factions to march hand in hand toward independence, to open and build our country.” From the mouths of babes come the most simple and powerful sentiments. In this case, that sentiment represents those of Palestinians everywhere, from Chile to Lebanon.

erekat - Dan Keinan - Dec 29 2008

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in a file photo.

Photo  by: Dan Keinan


As President Mahmoud Abbas said in Cairo, with the establishment of a government of national unity, we will have closed one of the darkest periods in the history of our people.

Palestinians are looking forward now. We will continue to work hard on gaining international recognition for the State of Palestine in the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.




The choice is not between Hamas and Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested. The choice is between settlement-colonies or states: between accepting two states with the 1967 border outlining the shape of the future for Israelis and Palestinians where real peace is possible, or maintaining an apartheid regime that will define our relationship with Israelis as one of oppressor and oppressed. We have clearly made our choice; we are waiting for Israel to do the same.

Only days before our national reconciliation, Prime Minister Netanyahu complained to the international community regarding the lack of a unified Palestinian government. He asked, “Shall I make peace with Gaza or with the West Bank?” To Netanyahu we can now reply, “You shall make peace with the State of Palestine.” Netanyahu may persist to find excuses why he will not negotiate in good faith with us, and we will persist to take our case to the United Nations.

Gaza is not to be regained by bullets but by the ballot box. The way to peace is through reconciliation and democracy. I hope that Israelis and the international community will stand shoulder to shoulder with us in order to support peace and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis by ending the Israeli occupation and consolidating a sovereign Palestinian state in the 1967 border.

by Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff
  • Published 11:47 27.06.11
  • Latest update 11:47 27.06.11

IDF prepares for possible escalation in run-up to vote on Palestinian state

As the Palestinian Authority officially declares it will petition the UN for statehood in September, the IDF holds a two-day exercise to prepare for possible clashes on its borders in the tense months ahead.

By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff
Naksa Day - AFP - June 5, 2011

Demonstrators fleeing from Israeli army tear gas as they gather along Syria’s border with Israel near Majdal Shams during Naksa Day protests, June 5, 2011.

Photo by: AFP



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