RAMALLAH, September 5 (JMCC) - Speaking to the Independent
parliamentarian and Fateh
official Husam Khader called for Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
's participation in Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Fayyad has so far stayed out of negotiations, leaving that mandate to Mahmoud Abbas
, who heads the Palestine Liberation Organization
One of Balata's most famous residents is Hussam Khader, a leading Fatah activist who was freed last years after serving seven years in Israeli gaols. He has been a frequently outspoken critic of both Yasser Arafat and what he sees as the present weak and disunited leadership, and was one of the few Palestinian politicians to argue with Abu Mazen that he should enter direct talks.Read
Mr Khader said yesterday that Saeb Erekat, the PLO's chief negotiator, should be dropped in favour of bringing Mr Fayyad –who is not in Fatah--directly into the negotiating team. Saeb Erekat has achieved nothing in 18 years but Salam Fayyad is the one Palestinian leader who has produced a plan and then implemented it.
Moreover Mr Khader would also like to see the negotiations produce an outcome in stages, beginning with giving the Palestinian Authority true self determination and real control over both the West Bank Area A – the Palestinian cities, over which it has some jurisdiction – and the more rural Areas B, where its writ is even more severely limited, and C, the large swathe of the West Bank where it has none at all. Then the settlements would be removed. Only after this would a full agreement on all the other issues be reached.
If these goals sound modest, there is a more militant corollary. For Mr Khader believes that if the talks fail, a real return to armed uprising will be necessary – not by suicide bombings and attacks inside Israel, which he has always opposed, but on settlers and soldiers in occupied territory, which he regards as legitimate. He was strongly opposed to Hamas's lethal attack last week – but on the grounds that it was simply an attempt to undermine the political process. The Palestinians will accept whatever gives them their rights, he insists, whether it is negotiations or armed resistance.
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