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‘We’ll accept whatever the Palestinians accept’

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“We’ll accept whatever the Palestinians accept” has become a slogan used by several Arab states under various circumstances over the years. It seems that it has become a rule of thumb when forming Arab states’ positions on the Palestinian cause and the Palestinians’ struggle for their freedom and independence.

However, Arab states did not always stick to this rule. If they had, there wouldn’t have been Arab pressure on the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) at various stages throughout history to accept what it had thus far been rejecting. Resorting to this rule wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the established conviction of Arab states that the Palestinian leadership should adhere to their positions, mechanisms and ceilings.

PLO delegation – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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In the past, the matter seemed suspicious and the slogan seemed “loaded”. Many, including myself, at times, viewed it as an attempt to give up and, at other times, as a smoking gun aiming to cover up the weakening of the Arab position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One could assume that resorting to this slogan was an implicit justification for........

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