Whither the PLO–The Decline of the Palestinian National Movement

August 8, 2017

Whither the PLO–The Decline of the Palestinian National Movement

8 thoughts on “Whither the PLO–The Decline of the Palestinian National Movement

  1. The Palestinians are war weary, riven by factions and weakened by corruption. With Arafat gone, the revolutionary zeal has also dissipated. Knowing what is happening with the PLO, Israel is not about to give anymore concessions.–Din Merican

  2. Israel is just playing for time while playing the peace game with the Palestinians.With all the western powers under their control and Muslim countries divided,there is no pressure for the Israeli to concede anything to the Palestinians .Sooner or later they are going to drive all Palestinians out of their land and their homes and bring more migrants from US and Europe to replace the oppressed indigenous Palestinians and the world will make minimal noises here and there while the Zionists plans will continue unhindered in the foreseable future.

  3. Zionists are also people and they have every right to live as much as any other group of people. They are here to stay and Israel will ensure that. The Middle-East majority’s animosity towards the Jews and Israel in today’s world is inexplicable and outdated. The mindset has to change to one of accommodation, acceptance of each other and shared living.

    PLO has been reduced to the current state by no other than Israel’s intelligence arm, the Mossad. PLO was heavily infiltrated with its agents, spies and informers. Its key leaders and more importantly the extremists and terrorists within its ranks – all bent on destroying Israel – were closely targeted monitored and ultimately killed – shot, blown with bombs, through lethal injection or poisoning. This was done both at their home territories as well as abroad when Mossad had advance knowledge of their travel itinerary.

    The Palestinian leadership should assert their independence and not allow themselves to be led by the nose by others like Saudi Arabia. They should opt for direct negotiations with the Israelis, which the latter, would welcome. The important point is that if you have ear-marked the outline of the territory that you wish to call Palestine, don’t insist on it on its entirety if the Israelis are not agreeable to this. They may give much lesser. Ask for more. So if they give 70% of the land you seek, the sensible thing to do would be to accept it and leave the remaining to be negotiated in the future. But at least for now, you will see the birth of the Palestinian State as an additional member of the United Nations.

    • The Zionists have their own homes in Germany,Poland,Russia and lately USA.If the Germans and Europeans were the perpetrators of the progroms against the Jews,surely its only fair that they have to pay for it instead of the innocent Palestinians.
      The middle eastern countries have treated the real Semitic Jews well enough that the Jews chose to leave along with the defeated Moors to North Africa rather than stay with the Christian Spain.
      Negotiations have been going on since Oslo Accord in 1993 but the results were always more expansion of the illegal Jewish settlements and ever decreasing areas occupied by the Palestinians.The problem is not the Palestinians antipathy towards peace but because the world and you have lost any sense of compassion for the oppressd people.You get upset when Perkasa shouted Ketuanan Melayu but find it acceptable when Natanyahu shouted about Ketuanan Yahudi.

  4. Palestinians are at a crucial moment in their history. While most coverage of the Palestinians is focused on the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process,” Palestinians are facing an unprecedented array of challenges that are reshaping Palestinian society, economics and politics. How the Palestinians and their leaders respond to these challenges will have a profound impact on the future of the Palestinian National Movement as a whole.

    Palestinian political institutions are in a state of decline. Today’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is a mere shadow of its former self. While still accepted as the legal and political address of the Palestinian people, the PLO’s main political institutions have laid dormant for years. Its influence is eroding and its legitimacy is being challenged by Palestinians both inside Palestine and in the diaspora. The Palestinian Authority (PA) is in crisis. Instead of the “state-in-waiting” envisioned at the time of its creation, the split between Fatah and Hamas is damaging and debilitating. PA today is financially bankrupt, has no functioning parliament. The Palestinian economy remains crippled by restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation, recurring budget shortfalls, growing unemployment and an over-dependency on international donor aid.

    The Palestinians’ traditional base of support, the Arab world, is in a state of unprecedented turmoil and transformation, leaving the Palestinians to fend for themselves. The generational divide that has shaken much of the Arab world is also being felt by the Palestinians. Young Palestinians, like their counterparts in neighboring Arab states, have grown increasingly disaffected with their leaders, whether secular or Islamist, and are increasingly drawn to “revolutionary” solutions. The growing popularity of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) poses as much of a challenge to the Palestinian leadership as it does to Israel. To make matters worse, the collapse of peace negotiations with Israel has put Palestinian aspirations for statehood on indefinite hold, as Israeli occupation and colonization continue to erode the possibility of a Palestinian state. The failure of the peace process has led growing numbers of particularly young Palestinians to turn away from a two-state solution and to redefine their struggle as one of equal rights in a single state.

    In sum, as the basic assumptions that have held the Palestinian national movement together for decades begin to fray, the Palestinians are forced to forge a new national consensus on fundamental questions like who should lead, what the goal should be, and how best to achieve that goal.

  5. Someone explain something to me. IF this cause, supposedly so important to Palestinian and to Muslims, why are they so divided and fractured? Why is it when it comes to ideas from West and Christiandom like freedom of religion and LGBT they get all worked up and venom comes out BUT when it comes to the nuts and bolts of building, they are all over the place fighting among themselves?

  6. I am sure I read somewhere that the Palestinian diaspora once had the most number of graduates per population than any other Arab nation.

    Amazing huh? I wonder what it is now.

    • Aitze:
      The Palestinians are still believed to be the best educated among Arab nations. They’re scattered among the Arab countries and great many in Western nations, but still able to maintain their identity. Most people thought Palestinians are Muslims, but they have a lot of Christians among them. Great number of the liquor stores in the Bay Area are owned by Palestinians. I tend to suspect that most of the Palestinians in the United States are Christians. In my personal bias opinion, I find the Palestinians are very good traders like the Jews and the Chinese, thinking of doing business in long term, unlike many of the near-sighted Indians who think of taking advantage of you for the one time deal.

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