Should they break off contact with the U.S. or maintain it? An intense debate has been ignited among the political forces in Palestine after Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and in anticipation of the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence in the region.
Hamas, the Islamist movement, has no doubt about what to do: Its leaders say the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations brokered by Washington are a farce, and the U.S. is only supporting the interests of Israel. And the Popular Front, as well as the other formations of the Palestinian Left, are saying the same.
Even within Fatah, the party of President Mahmoud Abbas, the consensus is to hold firm. To talk about this and other Palestinian domestic issues, we interviewed Mustafa Barghouti, leader of the Palestinian National Initiative party, who ran for the presidency of the PNA in 2005, and who is, first and foremost, one of those who have inspired the continuing popular struggle in the occupied territories.