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Fatah official: Palestinians to devise new game plan

Senior Fatah member says PA's Mahmoud Abbas set up committee to come up with new Palestinian plan, examine relations with Israel. 'Stategy to be implemented after November 11,' declares Mohammed Ishtayeh

Palestinians changing course? Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has set up a new committee, made up of Palestine Liberation Organization and Fatah's Central Committee members, to determine a new strategy for the Palestinians, announced Fatah Central Committee Member Mohammed Ishtayeh on Friday.


According to Ishtayeh, this new committee is in charge of examining the future relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Israel as well as the PA's role in the future.


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The senior Fatah official said this new committee is to take into account all of the local, regional and global factors when coming up with a new strategy.


"We're discussing a new strategy which is to be implemented after November 11," declared Ishtayeh.


Ishtayeh claimed the Palestinian leadership is interested in altering the status quo with Israel and reexamining their relationship. He also stressed that this does not mean the PA is to be dismantled.


The choice of November 11 is not by any means coincidental. Palestinian diplomats have been trying to muster support for the United Nations' Security Council vote in New York on November 11 on their bid for membership in the global body.


"We wish to examine where we are headed, as Abu-Mazen told the Arab League," said Ishtayeh. He refused to go into detail about the new game plan, however he did agree to say that the reconciliation among the Palestinian factions is a basic part of it.


'Palestinians to keep trying'

Ishtayeh also remarked that Abbas is to meet with Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal next week to discuss the issue further.


As for the PA's statehood, the Fatah senior official claimed that even if the Palestinians would not be able to secure a majority vote or if the United States should decide to veto the bid, it would not be the end of the world. He said that the Palestinians would keep trying to obtain an UN membership.


"There are those who wish to hinder the Palestinian bid so that the Quartet get achieve something, but the Quartet's approach will not succeed as long as the settlement construction continues," stressed Ishtayeh.




פרסום ראשון: 11.04.11, 18:13
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