The Interesting Support for the Chinese Position

Abbas Zaki, a central committee member of Fatah formally has expressed support for China’s stance on the South China Sea issue. He said “The international arbitration will not be able to resolve the South China Sea issue, because the Philippines has been pushing hard for the compulsory arbitration, in an attempt to deny China’s sovereignty in the South China Sea. This is unacceptable to Fatah.” He also said that “Fatah strongly opposes external countries interfering in the issue” and “This will only bring conflict and escalate regional tensions.”

His statements are interesting and surprising since his words are in complete contradiction to the Palestinian position regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinian position on her own conflict is to move the conflict deeply to the international organizations, like the United Nations, the international court in Haag, and so on. They do it for one main reason: “… in an attempt to deny the other side sovereignty …,” in Zaki’s words.

If Zaki and the Palestinians think that international organizations interfering in the issue “will only bring more conflict and escalate regional tensions”, why do they try so hard to do the opposite? I guess they are not afraid to support China’s passion in a different way from the conflict they are involved because they know that their support for the Chinese remains on the declarative level, while they hope that the Chinese support will be on the practical level. So if Zaki’s words remain on the declarative level, these things do not bind the Palestinian side in all disputes they are involved in. In addition, they want Chinese support in their own conflict and think that adopting the Chinese position on this issue will help them, in particular, when the Israeli government said nothing about the South China Sea.

The Israeli government has to verify the Palestinians with this support and to force them to adopt the same way in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Only direct conversions between the two sides would bring results.

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