Dianne Woodward Profile picture
Aug 9, 2018 10 tweets 5 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
I am making a thread to follow this piece by @marwanbishara because I don't think enough people, even if they have read it, understand the full significance to the #Palestinian cause if this trap is laid. Please read & share.
First the timing.
"Trump administration has launched an all-out sadistic assault on the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, that cares for the survival and education of 4-5 million refugees and their descendants."
2nd the deal with Hamas. Read the Al Arabiya article & compare tone to."mediation for a separate deal between Hamas and Israel... just when the latter blockades, starves and cuts fuel to the Gaza Strip" to quote @marwanbishara
3rd leaving out Abbas
"They can't complain about not being consulted, as it was President Abbas who severed all dialogue with the Trump administration after the latter's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."
"But how could the Palestinian leadership accept a demilitarised half state on half of the West Bank and an isolated Gaza Strip, one that lacks contiguity and sovereignty - a state that looks more like Swiss cheese than it does the Swiss federation?" (@marwanbishara )
Understand the dilemma the trap of the century would impose on #Palestinians.
"Pragmatists argue, as they did in favour of the Oslo accords .. that inaction means isolation and irrelevance, and that there's no choice but to....try to extract as many compromises as possible."
"The realists counter that it's the Oslo logic that led the Palestinians to the present dire circumstances, and that the biased Trump administration cannot be trusted as a sponsor of any deal."
I cannot explain the anguish this fills me with especially as events seem to be happening as @marwanbishara predicted. The #Palestinian cause is in the gravest danger it has ever been in. #PalestiniansUniteOrDie
Usually I am the bright eyed optimist looking at the direst of events through rose tinted specs. This time it is @marwanbishara who offers the ray of hope:
"Palestinians must first and foremost unite and remain steadfast... Fingers crossed, Trump... could be gone in two years".
So, all my #Palestinian friends and all their supporters, who or where ever you are, please use #PalestiniansUniteOrDie because if they do not, their cause is done, & the fruit of 70 years of struggle is complete and utter defeat.

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