Towards New Strategies for Palestinian National Liberation
The Palestinian Strategy Group (PSG) has launched its new report Towards New Strategies for Palestinian National Liberation (2011).
The report discusses the options for achieving Palestinian strategic objectives in the light of the breakdown of bilateral negotiations. With the aim of formulating a strategy capable of achieving Palestinian national goals, this report describes the current political realities, sets out certain scenarios related to possible interim solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and outlines the strategic paths and means that can make the achievement of those goals possible.
It seeks to enrich the current Palestinian national dialogue by presenting options that can assist Palestinian decision-makers in adopting the policies that best serve the higher Palestinian national interest. It provides in-depth analysis of strategic options and sets out ideas and recommendations that it is hoped can contribute to the formulation of a national strategy.
The Palestine Strategy Group (PSG), comprising Palestinians from across the social and political spectrum, issued its first report in 2008, in association with the Oxford Research Group (ORG) and the Badael Centre in Ramallah, entitled Regaining the Initiative: Palestinian Strategic Options for Ending Israel Occupation. The PSG subsequently embarked on a new initiative with the aim of crystallising a national Palestinian agenda, culminating in the present report Towards New Strategies for Palestinian National Liberation.
Towards New Strategies for Palestinian National Liberation reflects the general thrust of the discussions that took place in a series of three workshops and the broad consensus that emerged in each case. However, as may be expected, not all members of the PSG agree with every point made, or can be expected to agree. But there was a powerful consensus in support of the broad thrust of the report, which we believe accurately reflects the will of the majority of the Palestinian people.
The report also focuses on a number of other strategic options, including securing Arab, regional and international support for the Palestinian strategy. There was, in addition, discussion about the importance of creating interlinked functions for Palestinian governmental institutions, such as a strategic authority responsible for interim management a national Resistance Authority to implement strategic options, and an embryonic provisional government of a future independent Palestinian state. Furthermore, the PSG urges the removal of the current confusion between the roles of the PA and the PLO in relation to these functions.
The work of the PSG is part of ORG's wider Middle East programme, which has involved working in a non-partisan way for many years with both Israelis and Palestinians. The equivalent Israeli group is the Israeli Strategic Forum (ISF).
ORG’s Israeli-Palestinian initiative, since 2006, has pioneered a new approach to 'radical disagreement' in intractable conflicts. When all efforts to encourage formal negotiation and informal dialogue between conflict parties fail, the focus shifts to facilitating inclusive strategic dialogue within them. Conflict parties are encouraged to develop optimum national strategies that maximise internal unity and take proper account of the complex strategic environment.
Read the Executive Summary.
Read the full report.
For more information, the Arabic-language report, and a list of participants please visit the PSG website.