An Engineer by education, a management consultant by profession, and an initiator of bridge building efforts among various faith groups...
Why I want peace:
There is no alternative other than peace in a world that is getting dangerous by the day, when intolerance and hatred have taken the front seat, when one group is trying to exert their supremacy over the others by use of force and intimidation..
Interests and activities:
Institution building, mediation, systems management, information management, reading, writing and communicating with others..
Something you didn't know about me:
an avid writer for the cause of peace
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What I want to achieve here:
A common understanding of what is peace and how it can be achieved in the Middle East..creating some realistic programs that can be implemented on the ground for the common good of the Arabs and the Israelis
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The division between Hamas and Fatah although might seem apolitical is essentially economical along the same lines as those of the early days of Islam, when Shiaa and Sunni decided to part on the lines of the class and wealth. The Shiaa-Sunni division was nothing more than a class struggle within Islam. Following a similar pattern, Fatah controls the wealth and Hamas controls the grass root support of the more conservative and not so well to do Gazaans. As such, Hamas although a majority Sunni Group, is supported by Iran and Fatah is supported by the moderate and wealthy Sunni states.
This division may not be bridged, as this is a world wide phenomenon and a trend that has been caste in the stones, as was the case of Shiaa and Sunni. Hamas draws its power from the loyal forces of its firebrand young members, who are more ideologically rooted than there counterparts in Fatah. The ideological convictions of Hamas are much more deep rooted. Economic development of Palestine would follow two separate models, one led by Hamas along the lines of Iran, Syria and Hezbolla and another led by Fatah along a more Capitalistic line.
Who will have more success on the ground is yet to be seen. The West had done a moral disservice to the making of this division permanent and solidified the division by stopping their aid to the Hamas lead Government, which virtually forced them to seek support from Iran. It was an unfortunate decision of the Western Democracies that will haunt the Western Governments through a very long period.........
What Fayaad is doing is the right answer: build an economy and create jobs for a new Palestine.
Fatah and Hamas are in an existential struggle for survival. Either one will win, and one will lose, or both can win or lose.
If Fatah is able to create economic prosperity in the West Bank, then the people of Gaza will say, "Hey, where's our share?" The people can put pressure on Hamas a lot better then anyone else. When Israel pressures Hamas, she creates martyrs. When their own people pressure Hamas, then it's a different story.
After a while, even Hamas may conclude that job creation is the only real way to consolidate political power. They may allow an industrial park to be built between Gaza and Israel which creates 200,000 jobs, as a legitimate way of consolidating political power.
After that, you may end up with two political parties, Fatah and Hamas, each competing for political power using legitimate means.
Israel, and the West, should cooperate in every way possible, and should help Fayaad to accomplish his mission. Israel should support neutral pathways to peace, such as job creation, economic growth, environmental protection, educational enrichment, and the like, which point to the possibility of peace, and which create facts on the ground which speak louder than words.