‘Security cooperation with Israel prevents third intifada’

‘Security cooperation with Israel prevents third intifada’

Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarar says disunity and lack of field command also serve to forestall a new uprising

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

PFLP member Khalida Jarrar (image capture: YouTube)
PFLP member Khalida Jarrar (image capture: YouTube)

Security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and Israel is the main factor preventing a third Palestinian uprising in the West Bank, a member of the Palestinian parliament said Wednesday.

“Efforts are being exerted to prevent Palestinians from expressing their freedom by opposing the policies of the occupation against them. This is the main reason why confrontations with the [Zionist] entity do not erupt,” Khalida Jarar, a member of the political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) told the Hamas website Al-Resalah.

Jarar’s party is the second-largest member of the PLO, which is currently involved in peace talks with Israel. But Jarar said that negotiations are “purely an Israeli interest” geared at “misleading world opinion about its violations against the Palestinians.” She called on the PA to withdraw from talks with Israel immediately and prepare “a strategy for resistance to protect the rights of Palestinians.”

Palestinian security cooperation with Israel remains a main point of contention between Fatah — PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s party — and its Islamist opponents Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Last week, hundreds of Palestinians participated in a conference organized by Islamic Jihad at the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza to support a third intifada.

Members of the PLO, however, have been wary of criticizing the PA’s security policy, which has led to a sharp decrease in violent acts throughout the West Bank in recent months. According to a Palestinian poll conducted in March, some 55 percent of Palestinians support the termination of security cooperation with Israel, even at the price of increased Israeli incursions into Palestinian cities.

Popular backlash to Israeli policies on the ground could potentially spark a third uprising, Jarar noted, but said that such an outburst would not endure over time given the Palestinian political disunity and lack of field commanders able to spearhead such an intifada.

The PFLP has traditionally taken a harder line on negotiations with Israel than Fatah. The organization’s secretary general, Ahmad Saadat has been imprisoned in Israel since 2006 for his involvement in the 2001 assassination of Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi.

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