Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Palestinian" Arab On Settlement

In the NYTimes:

“Reconciliation comes only after matters have been settled,” said Radwan Abu Ayyash, a veteran Palestinian journalist and former director of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, the parent of the authority’s television and radio stations with headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

“Thinking of Jaffa and Haifa is still there as an old dream, as history,” he said, referring to the Palestinian refugees’ desire to return to the homes they occupied before 1948, “but it is not reality.”

a) wouldn't it be better if reconciliation would be a facilitating element rather than an end-term item?

b) why wasn't Abu-Ayyash facilitating a peace settlement by reducing the incitement being broadcast over his media network? the misrepresentation of history in textbooks?  can he assist even now to create a better atmosphere for coexistence?

c) if the "right of return" is non-real, can he help persuade the senior PA officials, from the President on down, to renounce it?

d) do you believe him?


1 comment:

Brian of London said...

In South Africa, under Mandela, the "Truth & Reconciliation" came right at the start.

I'm not sure it's going to work out there in the end, but they had a damn good stab of it up to now under a leader who transformed into truly an exceptional individual. No sign of one of those here on the Arab side.