Mojtaba Rahmandoust, in an interview with the website of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, called the resumption of relations between the Palestinian Authority and the Zionist regime, despite the start of talks for national reconciliation between Palestinian groups, a betrayal of the Palestinian cause. He pointed out that in recent years, the PA had moved in favour of the Resistance, which led to joint meetings with Jihadist Resistance groups as such that Mahmoud Abbas also attended the long-distance meetings.
He added: There was even this possibility that they would move towards greater integration and get closer to each other to create hope in the future for Palestinian Resistance movements in the region against the Zionist regime, but in the end Mahmoud Abbas with a tendency towards the Zionist regime exposed his real face proving that all of the previous actions were hypocritical.
Return of Divisions to Palestinian Groups
Rahmandoust stressed that the resumption of relations would return division among Palestinian socio-political groups and the Resistance would naturally not welcome this move by Mahmoud Abbas. The Zionist regime has repeatedly stated, not implicitly but clearly that it does not recognize a state called Palestine and that Palestinians can live only as citizens, although this is just a tactic and they are not granted citizenship either.
The former Secretary-General of the Society in Defense of Palestinian Nation continued: What is happening between the Palestinian Authority and the Zionist regime cannot be lasting because the Israelis have shown that even when the Palestinian side begs for help, they intensify incompatibility and persecution.
The Idea of Placing Hope in Democrats Is False
Saying that approaching the Zionist regime would not only mean anything for the PA, but would also lose the unity and convergence that had been created with the Resistance groups, he termed the change in the US-Zionist regime procedure with the Democrats coming to power in the White House as a miscalculation and added: The main idea that with Biden coming to power changes would happen in the human rights issues and observance of the rights of nations, is wrong and invalid. This base has been cracked and there is nothing left of it.
Explaining the policies of the Democratic and the Republican parties in the United States towards Palestine, Rahmandoust said: If the Democrats have sometimes taken positions in favour of the oppressed nations, it has been a tactic in order to use their other techniques. Former US President Lyndon Johnson, who for example, gave priority to the rights of the people, would remain silent when it came to the massacre of the Palestinians!
He stressed: The United States basically wants that Palestine and the Palestinian Resistance groups not exist. Now, we say the Democratic Party has come to power and it will make an opening in the Palestinian issue!
Blow to the Struggle against Annexation Plan & Normalization of Relations
The university professor described this decision as a blow to the struggle against the annexation plan and normalization of relations and the Deal of the Century and said: In a situation under which they have raised the issue of annexation and normalization of relations and pushed it ahead, this action by the PA makes them more determined. They have made their own decision to eliminate the Palestinian aspiration, and only one word is their answer, and that is Resistance. The fact that some countries say they are seeking to establish relations to negotiate Palestinian rights is fundamentally irrelevant in logical terms.