Palestinian Reconciliation and the Prospective State

Palestinian Reconciliation and the Prospective State

  • 12 October 2011

Dispossessed, dispersed and forced abroad, it was predicted that the Palestinian people were doomed to historical oblivion. Resurfacing in the middle of the 1960s as a political actor in a complicated regional arena, they first proposed a “unitary state” and then evolved – after the October War of 1973 – towards promoting a two-state solution.

Ambassador Safieh will retrace the evolution of Palestinian political thinking up to the beginning of the peace process. He will analyze the specific nature of the Palestinian political system and the gradual shift of its centre of gravity from the periphery back to the homeland. Ambassador Safieh will also address Palestinian pluralism, and the multi-party system. He will also discuss means via which to address the stall in relations between Fatah and Hamas that occurred in 2006–2007, and attempts at reconciliation which are so vital to the success of the Palestinian Authority’s struggle for statehood. He will question whether the Palestinian people are condemned to choose between being disunited but with a clear strategy, or united at the expense of a harmonious strategy, and will explore possible ways forward.

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Wednesday 12 October 2011

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Wednesday 12 October 2011

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