The Interesting Support for the Chinese Position


By Roie Yallinek.


“The international arbitration will not be able to resolve the issue, because one side has been pushing hard for the compulsory arbitration, in an attempt to deny the other side sovereignty… this is unacceptable.” He also said that his “… organization strongly opposes external countries interfering in the issue.” He said, “This will only bring conflict and escalate regional tensions.” Can you guess who said all this (except for minor changes)?

The person who has been in charge of affairs between Fatah and China since 2009, Abbas Zaki, said all this, referring to the dispute between China and its neighbors and regarding the South China Sea. His statements are interesting and surprising since his words are in complete contradiction to the Palestinian position regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinian position on her own conflict is to move the conflict deeply to the international organizations, like the United Nations, the international court in Haag, and so on. They do it for one main reason: “… in an attempt to deny the other side sovereignty …,” in Zaki’s words.

If Zaki and the Palestinians think that international organizations interfering in the issue “will only bring more conflict and escalate regional tensions”, why do they try so hard to do the opposite? I guess they are not afraid to support China’s passion in a different way from the conflict they are involved because they know that their support for the Chinese remains on the declarative level, while they hope that the Chinese support will be on the practical level.

So if Zaki’s words remain on the declarative level, these things do not bind the Palestinian side in all disputes they are involved in. In addition, they want Chinese support in their own conflict and think that adopting the Chinese position on this issue will help them, in particular, when the Israeli government said nothing about the South China Sea.

The Israeli government has to verify the Palestinians with this support and to force them to adopt the same way in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Only direct conversions between the two sides would bring results.

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