Aboud HAMAYEL Thanks! as for people, I think the need for normalcy drives their thinking, it is a matter of wanting to continue to live life as if their is no tensions, or any problems. But again, they are confronted with occupation daily and with the lack of opportunity, dont forget, Palestine is a very youthful place with more 70% of the population under 25. This will have its toll on the future of this city and of my description. either a return to the cries of "Allah Akbar" or a future where peace, as unlikely as it might be, will arrive to the holy land.
Aboud HAMAYEL The rationale for the Palestinians and the Arabs at the time was that the Palestine mandate, which was overwhelmingly Arab in landownership, population etc... was entirely Palestinians and that division is unjustified. They rejected the 1947 plan, this is cited by pro-Israel supporters as part of Palestinian rejectionism and Arab agression, but they tend to fail to mention that in creating their own state, documented ethnic cleansing, massacres took place, even before the Arabs gathered the armies these incidents took place, for a thorough look at this issue, read "Righteous Victims" by Benny Morris, who is very pro-Israel and actually said that Israel's mistake was not cleansing the entirety of the Arab population.
Aboud HAMAYEL I am not sure Abbas worries too much about Palestinian intellectuals who for now remain sidelined as a group. Much of it, due to their own making. But In any case, Abbas is trying to redirect pressure and ensure his continued rule by espousing this rhetoric.
Aboud HAMAYEL Well, I reached the conclusion as Palestinian, my ultimate dream is for Palestine not to be ever on the news! To be a boring place, where nothing really happens, that's all what I ask for! But this is not news because we human love the dramatic, the surreal, the blood and violence.
Aboud HAMAYEL Hamas would never be able to really control the West Bank, due to Israel's on the ground existence, not in any meaningful way. The pursuit of reconciliation with Hamas has also become a diplomatic habit, both sides are dependent on outside powers, both have major ideological/political differences and both have different geographic entities in this moment. Bringing them together needs many factors to align together.