Palestinian Truce and an Arab Defeatist Approach
Fadlullah : The truce does not indicate that the Armed resistance,as
an option, is no longer adopted.
Answering the following question
regarding the Latest developments in Palestine: With the
announcement of the main Palestinian organizations a conditional
truce, many observers feel that this declaration represents the
beginning of the end of the Palestinian Intifada…
How do you read the latest developments on the Palestinian front?
Maturity Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
The Palestinian Intifada
represented, and still does, an important expression of the
rejection Israeli occupation. It created the biggest political
security and economic impasse the enemy has witnessed since it was
created. Moreover, it presented the Palestinian people to the world
as a unified solid mass that utilizes all its capabilities and
potentials for independence that is ready to engage in the struggle
with such a commitment and dedication that failed all the Israeli
attempts to force the Palestinian people to surrender, an aim Sharon
will never be able to achieve.
The Intifada, as little as its
resources may be, was able to impose a balance of terror with the
enemy that was there to stay, for it is not an activity of one of
the factions or the authority, it is the product of the entire
Palestinian people that proved to the world that it is the people
that never tires ... When it needs to catch its breath, it does not
offer concessions… The enemy has failed in imposing its conditions
of dismantling to impose a period of six months of total calmness.
Therefore, this truce might be an
internal Palestinian need, after all pressures, including those
coming from the Arabs they had to endure, but this does not mean,
that the Palestinians have ended their opposition to the occupation
including the armed opposition, even though it has to take into
consideration the new climate and make some tactical amendments.
Moreover, such an announcement
does not constitute a victory for Israel, because it is not a change
in the strategy of confrontation. On the contrary, it aims at
protecting it and safeguarding the Palestinian national unity.
It will not give America and
Israel the opportunity to dismantle what they call" terrorist
organizations", for they are not merely parties and factions.
They represent the entire Palestinian people.
Finally, although we are quite
sure that the Intifada is strong enough, we call on the Arab and
Islamic peoples to bear their responsibilities and go back to the
streets to express their condemnation of the International, Israeli
and even Arab attempts to besiege the Palestinians who are left
alone in the confrontation field.
History will not deal mercifully
with the defeatists, while the present holds all Arabs and Muslims
responsible of taking part in confronting the major challenges.