Important Invitation in Terms of Context and Timing

  • 3 July 2007

In important media statements the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdul Rahman Attieh said that that the continuation of (tension and bloody conflict between the Hamas and Fateh movement will push matters there into more escalation and opens the chances wide for the Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert to execute new hostile plans to eliminate the Palestinian cause). Attieh warned both parties of the conflict in the Palestinian territories of the dangers of continuing this crises calling for "resuming the unconditional dialogue in order to reach a conciliatory vision that is inevitable, in order to preserve the rights of the helpless Palestinian people." Attieh emphasized in this context that the Mecca agreement between Hamas and Fateh and "the principles and visions that it contains form the proper ground and it is the best mean to solve the Palestinian crises away from the language of distancing and the fever of political and military strife," Attieh also called on the Lebanese to "resume the dialogue without prior conditions", and he confirmed that the Lebanese "need more than any time before a reconciliatory vision that will remove from their country the factors of political explosions and other factors, so that the pains of the Lebanese people who aspires for security and stability will stop." No doubt that this call from Attieh assumes a large importance due to two factors: the first is that it contained vital meanings that are based on the priority of dialogue for solving existing problems and disputes in both the Palestinian territories between Hamas and Fateh, and those existing in Lebanon between the forces of the authority from one side and the opposition on the other side. Dialogue in both cases is indeed the only way to settle the existing controversies and disputes, in light of the fact that any of the two parties on the Palestinian and Lebanese scenes is not capable to distance or remove the other. The Fateh movement is not capable of distancing or eliminating Hamas and vice versa, and in Lebanon the forces of the authority cannot distance or eliminate the oppositions and vice versa. Dialogue is the only way in light of another truth that is represented by the fact that there are sides that seek to escalate and complicate matters, either in Lebanon or in the Palestinian territories, and no doubt that the meeting of the disputing groups in both arenas on a dialogue tables will lead to blocking the road and stopping such dangerous endeavors. The second factor is that this call comes at a time at which both the Palestinian and Lebanese arenas are passing currently complicated situations in light of the existing conflict between the primary parties that effect both the Palestinian and Lebanese fields, and these situations are accumulating with time, which warns of further negative effects on all levels and on all parties.

The different parties in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon are called to start a serious and real dialogue in order to bypass the existing disputes in order to prevent more dangerous developments from happening.