Why Hamas but not Likud and Yisrael Beituna

Sami Jamil Jadallah, 29 April 2011

Within minutes of the Hamas-Fatah of initialing the reconciliation agreement in Cairo Bibi Netanyahu was out in public threatening Mahmoud Abbas to choose between peace with Israel (as if Israel ever wanted peace) and reconciliation with Hamas.  The thug masquerading as Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman making more threats on the Palestinian authority with severe consequences.

And as soon as the agreement in Cairo was initialed that Israel and AIPAC, its Fifth Column in the USA was also in full gear waking up its vicious dogs in the American Knesset to make public announcement denouncing the agreement reached in Cairo and threatening to cut off all funding to the Palestinian Authority.  Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Berman and Congressman Howard Berman were the first ones to denounce the agreement in Washington, followed by the many other dogs.

When Hamas swept the Palestinian election on January 27, 2006,  Ramallah, Tel-Aviv, Washington, Cairo and to a certain extent Amman went into over drive to make sure that Hamas will not be able to govern, and that Fatah as the rightful and eternal ruling party of the Palestinian must continue to rule and govern the West Bank and Gaza under the management and security contract reached with Israel under Oslo.

Of course Tel-Aviv, Washington, Mubarak Cairo all gave the excuses that since Hamas does not formally recognize Israel, then it has no right to rule and govern even though it won a sweeping election.  Of course the same rule does not apply to Likud or Yisrael Beituna. Ramallah, Tel-Aviv, Cairo and Washington showed the Palestinians and the world how Arab and especially Palestinian democracy should work.

This of course raises very fundamental question and issue of who is qualified to give recognition to what conditions or terms that must be included in the letter of recognition. In the case of Israel, the late Yasser Arafat as Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization gave such recognition to Israel in the letter dated September 9th, 1993 and addressed to the late Yitzhak Rabin the Prime Minister of Israel. In his letter Arafat states “ the PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security…. renounces the use of terrorism, and other acts of violence and will assume responsibilities over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assume their compliance, prevent violence and discipline violators”

Arafat also sent on the same date September 9, 1993 to John Jorgen Holst the Foreign Minister of Norway “ The PLO encourages and calls upon the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to take part in the steps leading to the normalization of life, rejection of violence and terrorism”.

A simple reading of both letters from Arafat admits the followings 1) The PLO as the ‘representative of the Palestinian people gives recognition of Israel to live in peace and security. 2) Arafat admits the PLO as a terrorist organization engaged in violence and terrorism. 3) That all of the PLO activities all these years were not acts of  “liberation” but acts of terrorism and all those who died fighting for the PLO are not “martyrs” but terrorists. 4) That the First Intifada was not an act of liberation and resistances against the Jewish Occupation but acts of terrorism.

Of course not sure if Arafat and the not so brilliant advisors around him understood what they were signing and offering Israel.  Arafat and the PLO gave full recognition of Israel without recognized borders, that Israel is not an “occupying country” with sovereignty over Jewish settlements and Jewish settlers and of course total sovereign control of Area C. Arafat in essence changed the name of the “Palestine Liberation Organization” to the “Palestine Terrorist Organization”. I am sure Arafat and his advisors overlooked the fact that Israel is the only country without defined borders.

Now we need to ask what did Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization or better Palestine Terrorist Organization got in return from Israel.  Yitzhak Rabin writing to Arafat on September 9, 1993 “ in response to your letter of September 9, 1993 I wish to confirm to you that in light of the PLO commitments included in your letter, the Government of Israel has decided to recognize the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people”.

Again, simple reading of Rabin letter. It did not recognize a Palestinian State but recognized an organization that may disband and go out of business at any time. It never recognized let alone admits it is an occupying power and always till now continue to refer to the West Bank as Judea and Samaria and at best refers to the area as either “disputed territories” or “settled territories”.   It also never recognized the rights of the Palestinians to East Jerusalem and of course never mentioned the refugees. Both Arafat and Rabin left all key and important issues to “negotiations” or better “peace process”.

Now it seems every one specially Bibi Netanyahu and Ovigdor Lieberman never signed on to Oslo and never recognized even the PLO as representative of the Palestine people. The question is why does Israel demand Hamas, a party within the Palestinian people recognize Israel when in fact both the Likud and Yisrael Beituna never recognized the PLO.  It is hard to understand why this double standards, and should the future diplomacy requires all parties and all groups within a state sign off on any diplomatic recognition of another country. In the case of the US, both the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the NRA, the Tea Party, the AARP must sign off with the US State Department when it extends recognition to an emerging sovereign state.

Until Likud and Yisrael Beituna give full recognition to the PLO, to the Palestinian State, not Hamas, not any one else within the Palestinian organizations should give recognition to Israel. I guess the letters of exchange are only between Israeli labor Party and the PLO. I will not doubt the day will come when Israel and the US will demand every Palestinian man, women and child sign and execute a formal statement recognizing the State of Israel.

Sami Jamil Jadallah

Sami Jamil Jadallah

Sami Jamil Jadallah is an international legal and business consultant and is the founder and director of Palestine Agency and Palestine Documentation Center www.palestineagency.com and founder and owner of several business in technology and services. Sami also runs an online website (Jefferson Corner). His articles are also featured on PalestineNote and Veterans Today.

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