The Palestinian cause
is where we stand or fall
The religious authority H.E. Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah was asked this question in his weekly seminar:
As the war goes on in Iraq , the Israelis
continue to massacre Palestinians with the aim, despite all the
British and American talk of a “new road map for peace”, of
putting the Palestinian cause on the shelf. How do you see the future
of the Palestinian cause as it becomes increasingly obscured by the
fog of the Iraq war?
1. As the current American administration is totally under the
influence of Sharon it would never contemplate pressurizing the
latter. Rather, it would exert further pressure on the
Palestinians and force them to accept Israeli amendments to the
so-called “Road map for peace”, thus making it a totally
Israeli plan that would then be presented to the Arabs formulated
in the most optimistic possible way.
2. The American administration has already declared that it
understands Israeli reservations regarding the “Road Map for
Peace”. That is why they have decided to coerce, override and
eventually steer the committee of four (UN, EU, Russia and the
USA) in the direction of the Israelis choosing, as it did with the
UN Security Council over the issue of Iraq. This, and that the
Israeli generals believe that a strategic threat to the Israelis
will have been eliminated, explains the Israelis’ enthusiasm for
the current war against Iraq.
This indicates that there is in fact a kind
of Israeli collaboration in the war against Iraq as it has been
confirmed that Israel has taken part in the planning and in the actual
participation of this war.
3. I have said from the beginning that Palestinian cause will
be the biggest loser of this war, and I am afraid that the
developments of the war will be used to exert more pressure on the
Arabs and Palestinians. They will all be dealt with as the
defeated party just as in the aftermath of the Kuwait invasion or
the war in Afghanistan.
4. That is why I say to all Palestinians at this very difficult
stage that they must remain conscious of the war on their own
front. I call on them to work as a unified political unit in order
to thwart the plans that America will try to impose on them in the
current state of chaos for we still believe that the
Palestinians’ cause is the major cause. Palestinian
steadfastness and confrontation could not only undermine American
plans but also strengthen the Arabs and Muslims as a whole.