Unity is a prerequisite to get the necessary support from the Arab and rest of the world. Twenty years ago, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said his famous ‘no’ to an offer by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, described by Israel then as painful concessions, at the Camp David talks.
The 2000 Camp David talks between Arafat and Barak were hosted by US President Bill Clinton between July 11 and 25, 2000. Clinton tried to bridge the gap between the two sides, but the talks failed when Israel refused to relinquish parts of the occupied East Jerusalem. The summit failed and the second Intifada soon followed.
Arafat was offered almost all the occupied West Bank. But he rejected the offer because as it included only parts of East Jerusalem — not its entirety as per international resolutions. These resolutions consider all the East Jerusalem part of the territories occupied by Israel in June 1967.
The Palestinians were united. Today, it is a completely different story. As the Palestinian leadership faces unprecedented challenges trying to keep the cause alive, they lack the unity they need to overcome these challenges.
The UN resolutions, particularly 242, call for complete Israeli withdrawal from those territories. Israel, supported by the US, refuses to implement any of these resolutions.
With the new Israeli plans, the Palestinians more than ever, need unity to be able to face up to the new Israeli onslaught. Their unity is also a prerequisite to get the necessary support from the Arab world and other peace-loving nations.