Unveiling the Path to Peace: Insights from Post-Conflict Palestine
Foreign Policy Brief #106 | By: Aziza Taslaq | December 14, 2023
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In the West Bank city of Jericho, I engaged in a meaningful dialogue with Sanad, a member of The Palestinian General Intelligence Services. He shared perspectives on the aftermath of the Israeli-Palestinian war, offering insights into the challenges of reconstruction, the evolving political landscape, and the persistent efforts toward a peaceful resolution.
Sanad highlighted the significant obstacles in reconstructing Gaza after the war. The widespread destruction and immense losses have left a lasting impact. Despite the tough road ahead, he remains hopeful that international support can breathe new life into Gaza. However, he pragmatically acknowledged that reconstruction is a lengthy process.
The governance of Gaza emerged as a delicate issue. Sanad clarified that the Palestinian Authority (PAU) has no interest in controlling Gaza at present. With Hamas in charge, the PAU prioritizes stability, opting to avoid internal conflicts that could compound post-war challenges.
Sanad then emphasized the PAU’s steadfast commitment to the two-state solution. He stressed the need for both Palestine and Israel to dedicate themselves to this vision. The PAU envisions a sustainable and peaceful coexistence, aligning its goals with ongoing international efforts to resolve the longstanding conflict.
Gender equality became a central theme in our conversation. Sanad passionately highlighted The PAU is dedicated to advancing gender equality across legal, political, economic, and social realms. This commitment involves enacting legal reforms to eliminate discrimination in family and employment laws, promoting equal opportunities for both genders. Through empowering programs, the PAU equips women with education and resources for active participation in education, the workforce, and leadership roles. Priority is given to ensuring equal access to education and addressing gender disparities. Efforts extend to fostering workplace equality, combating gender-based violence, and increasing women’s representation in decision-making processes. Collaborating internationally, the PAU seeks to exchange best practices and collectively address global challenges, ultimately working towards a society where men and women enjoy equal rights, opportunities, and freedom from discrimination.
Discussing future elections, Sanad acknowledged the uncertainty due to the current situation. While welcoming all parties to participate, he personally favored Fateh as the most eligible candidate. This perspective offered a nuanced glimpse into the diverse opinions within Palestinian politics.
Our conversation then shifted to the Colonization & Wall Resistance Commission, a pivotal entity in Palestine. Sanad explained its role in implementing international decisions on settlements, walls, and occupation. Under Minister Muayad Shaban’s leadership, the commission aspires to a future free of walls and settlements, advocating fervently for Palestinian rights and confronting challenges posed by occupation.
Navigating the delicate matter of recognizing Israel’s right to exist, Sanad clarified the PAU’s nuanced position. Framed within the principles of a two-state solution, the PAU’s recognition reflects a careful balance between acknowledging Israel’s existence and advocating for Palestinian rights.
In conclusion, Sanad’s insights provide a comprehensive understanding of post-conflict Palestine. The intricate challenges demand a nuanced approach, and the PAU’s commitment to a two-state solution, gender equality, and active engagement with international bodies underscores a strategic pursuit of peace and prosperity. As the region navigates these complexities, the shared vision of a homeland free of walls and settlements stands as a beacon of hope for a brighter future.