By Afshain Afzal
Today, on 9 November 2023, Rouhi Fettouh, who heads the highest decision-making body of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is scheduled to meet Numan Kurtulmus, the Speaker of the Turkish parliament. These talks are to explore avenues for a joint roadmap to stop Israel's attacks targeting civilians in Gaza and look for other probable. The development came after the failure of the US Secretary of State's visit to Turkey on 5-6 November 2023. Other leaders including Azzam Al-Ahmad are optimistic and accepted Turkish and Saudi Arabian leadership for peace efforts.
Close aid to Palestinian top leader, Rouhi Fettouh said on the condition of anonymity, “Our leadership has decided to unite by shedding past grievances, however, surrendered-agent leaders and their allies including Ismail Haniyah will remain excluded”. This means Doha and Tehran would lose any mentionable role in peace and war efforts. However, Islamic unity demands the participation of all stakeholders, in all conflicts. The upcoming summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will be crucial for Gaza ceasefire and the permanent solution of the Palestine issue.
Meanwhile, the Israeli parliament “Knesset” seems convinced of a cease-fire otherwise, Tel Aviv would lose its assets in Iraq, Azerbaijan, and elsewhere. Earlier on 6 November, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed about likely agreement amongst members over Israel Defence Force tactical pauses, “from little pauses to cease fire” under terms and conditions including phased release of Israeli hostages. However, unofficial reports say that Hamas has rejected any language used in the declaration that calls Hamas or the Palestinians as “aggressors and terrorists”.
There are unconfirmed reports that civilian Jews living in the border towns of Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordon have requested Tel Avivi to allow them to flee Israel as a reaction to Netanyahu’s campaign to crush Hamas and stop humanitarian aid flow to Gaza is expected to come within a fortnight.
Meanwhile, in storage development, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said, “US was having frank conversations with Israelis about trying to reduce the civilian death toll, but it was not directly involved in Israel’s targeting decisions nor was it helping develop the country’s operational plans for its invasion of Gaza”. In fact, Washington is trying to blackout from the onus of imposing war on unarmed Palestinians. The series of visits of CIA Director William Burns in the Middle East to attract intelligence partners and leaders of failed to produce the desired results.