Reconciliation may be a Victim of US Elections

After fifteen years, this is if elections are held at the beginning of next year, the candidates’ queues are too large for a legislative council to suffice, despite the expansion of its seats from 88 to 132. Early discussions on the return of previous leaderships calls for another conversation about the necessity renewing the legitimacy with the newer generations.

Written by: Akram Atallah

Palestinians continue to wander in the desert of politics, searching for a green tree in the middle of the dry sand. In an instant, it seemed to stumble because of President Donald Trump’s 4 years in office, the unprecedented Israeli shift towards the right, which no longer believes in a two-state solution or the existence of another people on this land and the shattering of the region during the past decade. It was also from internal sabotage that the Palestinians practiced against themselves when they broke their compass and index, and walked without guidance, believing that politics is merely a group of attempts.

Part of the regional crisis that negatively impacted the Palestinians’ strategy is the weakening or destruction of the historic center capitals and the transfer of the decision center in the last decade towards the periphery countries. Therefore, this caused a disturbance that I think the Arab world will not recover from soon.

Since the oil boom, the economic center of gravity began to shit. Then, in the second half of the nineties satellite TV emerge and the media center of gravity began to move. With the destruction of the major national capitals, the political weight moved to appear that the Palestinians were stripped of historical capitals. As part of the search for the path, attempts were made to reconcile the feuding tribe, but none of them succeeded, rather the dispersion increased even more until it seemed that everyone collided with the mountain, as if heads had to be broken to realize the depth of the tragedy. Thus, the Palestinians discovered that the price was greater than the people and their cause could bear, until the momentary pressure prompted them to have discussions, preaching that they are different.

Further, the Palestinians went to Ankara, which was not the best choice in light of the regional conflict, as if it sends a negative message to those who have always been considered the closest ally. However, if the Palestinians decided, in a moment of pressure, that they had reached the end, then they would have gone to Moscow, which conducted previous conversations.

Russia would be more capable of addressing Israel if a reconciliation agreement begins. Everyone hopes that dialogues will be completed, unlike previous ones, most notably the dialogue last year moderated by the head of the Central Elections Commission, which almost succeeded. Previously, the pressure was only on the citizens, but currently, it is on all officials. After fifteen years, this is if elections are held at the beginning of next year, the candidates’ queues are too large for a legislative council to suffice, despite the expansion of its seats from 88 to 132. Early discussions on the return of previous leaderships calls for another conversation about the necessity renewing the legitimacy with the newer generations.

Moreover, the US elections may change all that is in place, as there is no doubt that the recent reconciliations came under the influence of the pressure of alliances with the US Republican Party and President Trump. Therefore, one of its outcomes may be that Biden wins, the Democratic Party’s candidate, who calls for the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, indicating a return to Obama’s old policy, of which these negotiations require commitment to the Oslo Accords. In the case that Trump wins, matters will be different and reconciliation may continue, but if Biden wins, many things will change in the interest of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, including the treatment of Arab countries and the distribution of financial aid. However, reconciliation may become the victim.

The opinions expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the opinion of the Association or donor.

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