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Palestinian leaders must be brave and bold

10 26 207

Palestine’s leaders are gathering in Ramallah to thrash out a response to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump made his announcement 32 days ago; what has taken them so long? A really dynamic leadership would have acted within hours; under the Palestinian Authority, though, it was left to the extraordinary people of Palestine to vent their anger on the streets.

One of the options on the table is for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel. This is something that could have been done within hours of the unprecedented move by the President of the United States. Even by Trump standards, the recognition of Jerusalem was outrageous – being against international law apart from anything else – and it deserved an equally strong response.

Of course, the old guard surrounding the unpopular and uninspiring Mahmoud Abbas will urge caution. Some are already saying that any move that would upset America would in turn jeopardise the “peace process” between the Zionist State and Palestine. The reply to that is obvious: what peace process?

It is clear that it is an illusion. Ever since Abbas became President of the PA exactly 13 years ago, Israel has continued to build more illegal settlements, to steal more Palestinian land and to demolish more Palestinian homes. While the territory earmarked for an independent State of Palestine has shrunk on an almost daily basis, Israel has extended its de facto borders at an alarming rate; waged three brutal wars on Palestinian civilians in Gaza; and installed hundreds of military checkpoints across the shrinking pockets of........

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