Jordan, Fatah, and the Reigning Ambiguity!

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Sun 4 December / Dec 2016. 01:00 AM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

The 7th Fatah political movement convention was recently concluded; the central committee and revolutionary council members selected, and confidence renewed in the leadership of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Secretary General of the movement, in an overwhelming presence of the Organisation’s “olds guard”, and an attempt to beautify the elections with some young candidates, to send a message saying that the movement is still somewhat “youthful”.

Good friend, Ahmad Jamil Azem, who happens to be our reference to the internal political, psychological, and cultural dynamics of the Palestinian framework, confirmed in an article of his, published in “Al Ghad” just days ago, that the issue of former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan was not really a priority within the movement; the main concerns were futuristic, as in what agenda and plans are prepared for the next phase, in addition to the relationship between the organisation itself and the Palestinian Authority (PA), as well as the issue of youth and the old guard, crowned by a presiding sensation among Fatah youth that they have no real representation in the Movement.

The above issues; what colleague Azem said, constitute indeed the fundamental predicament in which the Movement has so deeply fallen into, still barely feeling their way out; the Organisation is suspended balance between concessions and deliverables on one hand, and the inability to extract a new strategic vision to lead the Movement out of their current, historic, pivoting hole!

The Movement today is completely lost, blind to a real strategy in regards to its roles in the shades of the Authority and the distance they need to maintain from the PA, especially when it comes to facing up to the Israeli stubbornness and breaking the siege of “Luxury Occupation”, which has become the PA’s role, in the eyes of the Israelis. On other fronts, there are the issues of Jerusalem, the need to counter Judaisation, and finally the long postponed reconciliation question, with Hamas, which subsequently leads to addressing the put off elections, and whether or not it will constitute  the beginning of a Palestinian consolidation or yet another complication that will deepen the division between the West Bank and Gaza!

Those are the real issues the political Organisation faces, and the PA just as well. Meanwhile, Arab parties were interested in another case, over the last few months; the relationship between Abbas and Dahlan, and the prior did not make it a secret that he was being pressured, heavily, by Arab parties, to bring Dahlan, while not conceding to these pressures, which only reinforced the ambiguity dominating Arab ties to his part!

Why do the Arabs want to impose Dahlan on Abbas?! This question is important on so many tiers; within Fatah, which includes the President himself, there dominates a conviction that Dahlan is being prepped to take over the Organisation and the Authority.

However, on the Arab part, those spoke of Dahlan’s weight within Fatah, and stressed that the priority today would be to unite the movement and strengthen its ranks.

On the other side, Hamas thinks that the reason why Dahlan is being promoted by Arab regimes and prepped domestically lies in his extremely anti-Islamist agenda and his readiness to make even greater concessions, politically, which may mobilise the peace process.

As for Jordan, it would be a lie to say that relationships are well and okay between us and Abbas, as well as his company; for years there has been static in the air, and recently, it only grew. In fact, there is a growing conviction that Jordan was not exactly enthusiastic about holding the 7th national convention of the Movement in light of given circumstances, which reflected on members of the National Council in Jordan.

Despite all that, with the inability to withhold uncertainty and ambiguity, nothing clear is really being said about it; the mystery around this makes it seem as though it should be so!

Contrarily, I think that what we need today is the establishment of a ‘Higher Jordanian-Palestinian Council’, be it official or otherwise, that would outline clear articulation of the current situation in the West Bank, underline Jordanian and Palestinian interests and stakes, define expected scenarios, the Israeli vision, and the possible common courses of action for both; Jordan and Palestine, to face up to the unfolding of a fragmented, unreliable Arab region!