The Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya, gave a speech on Tuesday which was televised throughout the country.. Speaking directly to
“The Palestinian Parliament will continue to reflect the political spectrum and will continue to work to get out its message in defense of the rights of the Palestinian people and nation.” During his
Haniya, issued words of solidarity with the government officials now in Israeli jails and spoke directly to the Israeli policy of arresting Palestinian Legislative Council members, Palestinian Authority ministers, and other elected officials.
He added, “We must be prepared to handle any schemes that the enemy is capable of implementing. We cannot allow the occupation to lead us to a political coup.”
The Prime Minister was alluding to the Israeli arrest campaign that may lead to replacing elected Palestinian officials who are now in Israeli prisons.
The Palestinian Legislative Council held a lengthy meeting today on the subject of imprisoned PLC members today, after which they said that the international community must intervene, not just condemn the Israeli actions.
“We know that we are talking about a continuation in the arrests and events that may lead to a constitutional or legal vacuum”, said Haniya.
The Prime Minister then laid out a plan. “Firstly we maintain our rights to establish an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty, with
He added, “Secondly, we commit ourselves to protecting national unity and embrace any step that will enhance our unity. We will continue the discussion regarding forming a national unity government and applaud the efforts expended thus far.”
The Prime Minister continued. “Thirdly, we renew our commitment to the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to resist occupation, not only in the Gaza Strip and
“Finally,” the Prime Minister said, “we as the Legislative Council, call on the
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