Desperate Palestinian leadership could choose armed struggle

Palestinians clash with Israeli border police during clashes at a checkpoint between Shuafat refugee camp and Jerusalem October 9, 2015. In the past 10 days, four Israelis have been shot or stabbed to death in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, and at least a dozen have been wounded by Palestinians wielding knives or screwdrivers in stabbings in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. Several Palestinians have also been killed, and scores wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces during stone-throwing demonstrations in East Jerusalem and across the West Bank, leading to talk of a third Palestinian uprising, or intifada. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RTS3RW6

With the Trump administration clearly on Israel’s side, Palestinian leadership might resort, once again, to armed struggle.

The Palestinian leadership is confronted with this new reality and is deeply concerned that this may create in the coming months an irreversible reality on the ground that would make Palestinian statehood on the 1967 lines virtually impossible. Following these deliberations, it was decided that only the Palestinian leadership could make Israel pay a price for the occupation. Five moves/policies were recommended for immediate action.

The most serious recommendation is preparing to shift in the coming weeks from diplomacy to violent resistance. This shift would mark 50 years of occupation and would include the Fatah movement.The Israeli Foreign Ministry official reacted to these Palestinian threats in a condescending way, saying, “The Palestinians have made a mistake by not engaging in bilateral unconditioned negotiations with us.

Yet the talks of violent resistance in the corridors of influence in Ramallah should be taken seriously by Israel. In the Israeli-Palestinian experience, a vacuum in diplomatic activity for a two-state solution often gets filled by violence.
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