PA President Abbas with Hamas PM Haniyeh 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
The Palestinians are opposed to any military intervention in the Syrian
conflict, representatives of various factions, including Fatah and Hamas,
announced on Thursday.
The factions said in separate statements that a
military strike in Syria would be harmful to all Arabs and would only benefit
Abbas Zaki, a top Fatah official, said that his faction was
strongly against Western intervention.
He warned that such a move would
harm Arab national security.
“Targeting Syria would mean targeting all
Arabs,” Zaki cautioned. “This would only benefit Israel.”
that although he had no doubt that chemical weapons had been used in Syria, “the
West is using this as an excuse to meddle in Syria’s internal
Accusing the United States of employing a double-standard
policy in the Middle East, the Fatah official asked where American and other
Western aircraft carriers were “when Israel used phosphorous weapons during its
aggression against the Gaza Strip in 2008 and 2009.”
Although Fatah has
officially avoided taking sides in the Syrian conflict, relations between it and
the Syrian government have been tense over the past two years, with some leaders
condemning the Syrian regime for killing innocent civilians.
Palestinian Authority leadership in the West Bank has avoided taking a public
stance on Syria and the possible Western military strike.
voiced opposition to a military attack.
Syria had expelled Hamas leaders
from the country following their refusal to support the regime of President
Bashar Assad against the rebels.
Hamas leaders have since come out openly
in support of the anti-Assad forces, accusing the Syrian president of
perpetrating massacres against his own people.
Still, Hamas spokesman
Salah Bardaweel on Thursday said that his movement was opposed to Western
military intervention in Syria.
“The Americans do not want the good of
Syria or the Syrian people,” he charged. “The Americans only want to serve
American and Israeli interests.”
The Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine and Islamic Jihad also expressed opposition.
Both warned that
the West was seeking to divide Syria into several enclaves to weaken
“resistance” against Israel.
Palestinian columnist Talal Okal said that a
US-led military strike against Syria would “plunge the region towards huge
unrest and anarchy.”
Writing in the PA’s official Al- Ayyam newspaper,
Okal complained about US and Western double standards in dealing with the Middle
East. He said that the US and Western countries did not take action when Israel
used “internationally banned weapons” against Palestinians.