Impact of Truce between Israel and Hamas on Mahmud Abbas’s Career: TrendNews Observer

Politics Materials 20 June 2008 14:41 (UTC +04:00)
Impact of Truce between   Israel and Hamas on Mahmud Abbas’s Career: TrendNews Observer

Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 June / corr. Trend R. Hafizoglu/ The peace accord between Israel and Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas who wages a war in Palestine will result in strengthening of Hamas and elimination of the current President Mahmud Abbas and ruling Fatah movement from the political scene.

Israel had to resume dialogue with Hamas as the Abbas's talks with Israel did not yield results.

Hamas become stronger by carrying out reforms once he was left outside of Israel-Palestine peace talks. The organization which was established in 1987, is not only engaged in military operations against Israel, but it also sends orphan children to other Arab countries to receive education, constructs hospitals with the help of zakat (giving of alms, one of the five pillars of Islam) collected from the Muslims all over the world.

After the death of the legendary leader of Fatah Yasir Arafat, Mahmud Abbas, who does not have any political authority among the Palestinians, took lead of the Organization and Fatah almost lost its image.

Later, the accusation against Fatah of the corruption dealt one more blow to the image of the organization.

The key reason of Abbas's being considered undesirable politician among the Palestinians is likely to be the fact that he is ethnic bahai. The Palestinian researcher Abdulgadir Yasin wrote in Al-Usbu al Arabi paper which is published in Cairo on 13 January 2000 that Mahmud Abbas is bahai. His true name is Mahmud Abbas Mirza. He is from family of the Iranian origin. His family left Iran when bahais were persecuted in this country.

The consultant of the National Research Center of the Near East and Center of Arabic Researches in Cairo and Egyptian retired general Salahaddin Selim shares the views of Abdulgadir Yasin.

On the other hand, the fact that Abbas condemned all moves against Israel by the resistant movements who have gained the sympathy of the Palestinians also led to the drop in his authority as an Arabic politician.

In 2003, when Abbas was elected president, Palestine was on the brink of the civil war, because the policy of Abbas aimed at eliminating Hamas from the political scene of Palestine. At the same time, the political observers in Palestine supposed that secular and liberal forces within Fatah will clash with the Islamic groupings in the occupied lands. Though there were attempts to provoke clashes, neither Hamas, nor Islamic Jihad created conditions for the large-scale clashes.

The victory of Hamas in the Palestinian parliament elections of 2006 obscured Abbas's 'achievement' of peace talks with Israel. The proposals to Abbas by Israel are as follows: the capital city of Palestine should be Abu Beys instead of Jerusalem; measures should be carried out to end activities of the Islamists; the lands where Jews live, should remain unchanged; the plan on return of the Palestinian refugees to their lands should be frozen and the statements about annihilation of Israel should be excluded from the Palestinian textbooks.

The chief of Abbas's policy was to eliminate Hamas from the political scene and to prove that no organization can be alternative to Fatah in peace talks with Israel.

However, the political events showed the reverse. The blockade of Gaza and period raids of the Israeli air forces led to the strengthening of Hamas' image in Gaza in early 2008.

Furthermore, the president of the Palestinian Autonomy stated in the International Economic Forum held on 17 May 2008 in Egypt that the Israeli-Palestinian talks did not yield results. This statement by Abbas was descried as victory of Hamas.

On 19 June, the ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel with the mediation of Egypt took effect and many international organizations are hopeful of this agreement.

The truce between the parties means that the resistance policy of Hamas toward Israel yielded results and Israel recognized this organization as a real power. If truce hold up, Abbas will have to resign as an unsuccessful politician.

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