How does this round of confrontations with Israel benefit us?

Fahed Khitan (Photo: Jordan News)
Confrontations with the Israeli occupation have always been costly for Palestinians. It can only be so when an occupied nation faces off with a colonial power with capacities that can lead to the most shocking of crimes.اضافة اعلان

However, the ongoing round of clashes is exceptional, as it has brought back weight for fundamental constants that many thought have been buried forever over the past few years.

The first of those constants is that Arab normalization, or what has been dubbed the Abraham Accords, is not and will not be a substitute for a just and comprehensive solution in Palestine, which grants its people their legitimate historical rights to freedom, dignity, and independence.

Many Arab and Islamic states may sign peace agreements with Israel, but that will not obliterate the essence of the conflict nor push Palestinians to abandon their national project. They are merely delusions marketed by a gang of merchants in the Trump administration and Netanyahu’s entourage, and supported by some Arabs.

Jordan has voiced this fact early on during the signing ceremonies of the Abraham Accords, and has been reiterating it to everyone over the last days during the Israeli aggression.

The second constant is that the Palestinian rift between the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which took a geographic and political form, cannot be wagered on to wipe out the national Palestinian identity, as Zionist attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif and eviction threats against Sheikh Jarrah residents are what pushed Gaza and the Palestinian resistance to open a warfront with Israel. Moreover, the battle has re-entrenched historical ties between Palestinians in historical Palestine, and the rising of Palestinian communities in Israel; in Lod, Haifa, Jaffa, and elsewhere, is conclusive evidence of the unity of the Palestinian identity.

These transformations will be followed by more similar ones in the Palestinian scene and inside the institutions of the occupation.

Factional divisions may outlive the Israeli aggression, but the unity of the Palestinian people in facing the Israeli enemy is never in question — it is the core of the conflict.

The third constant is that the state of Arab division and sectarian and civil conflicts take a backseat when the matter involves Palestine.

Palestine remains the only the cause that unifies Arab peoples, even while they fight among themselves on internal issues. Years of normalization, defeat, and political commodification culture have not shaken the Arab conscience. The Arab people maintain their battle instincts, and recall the imageries of popular wars in their behaviors. The march towards the borders in Jordan and Lebanon are an example of the readiness demonstrated by nations to sacrifice for the cause of all Arabs, as it was always described in Arab literature.

The fourth constant is that any international attempt to program the Arab-Israeli conflict, and to delay resolving it in a just and comprehensive manner, is not an option available for active international powers. The escalating events in Palestine reaffirm that the Palestinian cause must top the international community’s agenda. It must be approached with the utmost seriousness and attentiveness. The international community must vigorously pursue a solution acceptable to the Palestinian people.

Since it took office, the new US administration has been trying to reestablish the weight of the conflict’s basic components, but it was not in a rush to engage in resolution efforts. However, the last Israeli aggression against Gaza and the escalation in occupied Jerusalem have left it unable to do things on their own time, and they now must immediately get involved in the cause and translate their promises into tangible actions.

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