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Absence of Responsibility | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Are the Palestinian leaders aware of what they’re doing to their cause and to their people! Are they happy with this crippling siege, the starvation, the mass killings and the loss of hope for the majority of the Palestinians?

Should we laugh or cry as we watch the drama of selecting a prime minister and forming a new government unfold in Palestine? What mind can apprehend this state of polarization and infighting that precedes forming a financially bankrupt, politically impotent and internationally besieged government? The Palestinians need to confront themselves and review their political conduct. The easiest and laziest way is to blame it on the dead end that Palestine cause has reached with Israel, the United States, and the Arab regimes. A nation that cannot stand united under the Israeli violence and barbarism can never be united through consultations over forming a government and discussions and mediations with the Arab capitals. Even the wild animals that roam in jungles unite when confronting a common enemy. How can human beings participate in such infighting and waste their time on fruitless discussions, struggling to establish a government that does not possess the decision, money, or even the political will at a time when Palestinians are being murdered in cold blood, deprived of the bare necessities and their livelihood.

With the advent of the Fatah Movement came the internal administration of an authority that was comprised of the dregs of the Palestinian cadres who had graduated from the offices of Damascus, Beirut, Amman, and Baghdad. Setting up a corrupt authority, it ended up costing the Palestinians their reputation, the price of which was losing international trust. Next came Hamas proclaiming to be the savior and the alternative government whose configuration is the strangest that history has known; a government that has occupied territories that it refuses to negotiate over with the occupier in hopes of a peaceful withdrawal, and yet simultaneously it is absolutely incapable of expelling the occupier by force. There is no ideal circumstance in which the occupier and transgressor can be satisfied inasmuch as a Palestinian government that does not try to negotiate or ask for anything, or even exercise political maneuvering, rather it is a government that practices a nihilist, ambiguous, and dualistic policy where its leaders say one thing in Tehran while its other leaders refute it in Cairo.

This impoverished state in which the Palestinian citizen is engulfed under siege, starving and a witness to mass murders is poignant and moving. If the Palestinian leaders have a vestige of a sense of responsibility towards their people they would admit to their mistakes and perhaps even apologize to them and tender a collective resignation after having excelled in the failure to address their issues, and having pushed matters to become a calamity that is the worst Palestinian history has ever witnessed.