[Marwan Barghouti is probably the Palestinian leader best qualified to bring peace to Israel/Palestine:


Unfortunately he is one of the 10,000+ Palestinians sitting in Israeli prisons — charged with murder and being a terrorist supporter –  charges questioned by many as being politically motivated.  Ed Kent]


URGENT RELEASE:  A Statement from Marwan Barghouti – 17th May 2007

“The catastrophe currently afflicting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,
the homeland and the Diaspora must end immediately. Hundreds of
innocents have already been injured, maimed and killed by the criminal
operations that are being carried out around the clock in the Gaza
Strip. They are a threat to the unity of the Palestinian people, their
institutions and national cause, a cause for which we have expended much
sweat and made many sacrifices in the past.

I therefore condemn this bloody struggle for control over a besieged
authority that is bereft of any jurisdiction that it initially may have
had, following 7 years of Israeli obstruction and interference. A united
effort to enhance and protect the Palestinian National Authority and its
institutions, through a respect of the Prisoners’ Document, the Mecca
Agreement, the basic laws and the regulations is at present paramount.

I call for President Mahmood Abbas and head of Hamas political bureau
Khaled Meshal to meet without delay, with the Prime Minister and senior
leaders of the two movements in attendance. This meeting will be an
opportunity to engage in a strategic dialogue and to settle all
unresolved issues, without exception. A time limit of 3 months must be
set for the reaching of an all-encompassing strategic vision, which will
regulate the relationship between the two sides and protect the higher
interests of the Palestinian people. This vision should also include the
re-activation and development of the PLO, with a renewed dialogue
between all national and Islamic factions, in the homeland and the

Finally, may 5th June be a day of national unity for the Palestinian
people. May it serve as an opportunity to renew our commitment to our
national goals and to protect all Palestinian national institutions.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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