new Palestinian strategy should aim at continuing the struggle for
Asked in his
weekly seminar if the current stage necessitates that the Intifada
should focus until the end of the Israeli elections and the war on
, on political action rather than military operations and
confrontations, the Religious Authority Sayyed M.H. Fadlullah said:
First of all, we should emphasize that the Intifada does not represent
the view of any single Palestinian faction. It is the struggle for
liberation of the entire Palestinian people. Consequently no
Palestinian faction, and not even the Palestinian Authority for that
matter, could prevent the Palestinians from expressing their stand of
confronting occupation, even if it were by bloody confrontations.
On the other hand, there are certain political circumstances and
pressures that might hinder the Intifada and prevent the Palestinian
people from achieving their goals. The
Americans and Zionists are trying to tire out the Palestinians and
convince them that there is no point in going on with their struggle,
and this will lead to a state of despair that will not only have an
impact on the present but one that will affect the future and the fate
of the Palestinians.
we believe that it is the Palestinians themselves are the ones who
make their own fate, and that America and Israel will be able to
execute their plans, only in case we stand on the sidewalk, especially
that the Palestinians have faced such tough circumstances in the past
and managed to overcome them with their almost incredible sense of
dedication and sacrifice.
we call on the Palestinians to study thoroughly the need for a new
strategy that takes into account the current stage. But this should
not mean that to allow this stage of elections to pass, they ought to
end their resistance and let the Israelis continue their barbaric attacks
with out any retaliation. In
this respect , we would like to point out that we are not trying to
guide the Palestinians and teach them how to fight or what to do, for
we are certain that they know every aspect of what they are going
through better than those who are outside.
We also believe that the Palestinian people who have proven in
the past that they could overcome the toughest circumstances and the
greatest pressures will be able to continue their Intifada and
struggle for liberation, but they have to take into consideration that
they must think about the future of the cause and the prospects of
their struggle and not in terms of the present circumstances only.