The Arab Spring was evil US plan "to destroy" the Arab states,
say senior Fatah officials
- PA daily: Palestinian civil war in Gaza planned by US and Israel
By Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus
Hundreds of thousands have been killed and many times that have become refugees in the civil strife that was once optimistically coined the "Arab Spring." In typical Palestinian fashion - which is to blame others for their own failures and those of the Arab world - Fatah officials are now renewing the libel that an evil US plot was behind all these Arab world tragedies. Two senior Fatah officials recently claimed that the Arab Spring, which started in 2010 as widespread civil uprisings against the totalitarian Arab regimes, was set in motion by the US in order to "destroy" and weaken the Arab states so they would "accept orders," and not side with the Palestinians.
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al- Ahmad claimed that Israel was also part of the plot:
"The attempts to spread terror in the Arab region under the cover of the so-called Arab Spring have proven that it was an Israel-American arid summer meant to destroy and divide the Arab states."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 15, 2019]
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Rifat Shanaah put the blame solely on the US:
"What was called the Arab Spring was really a destructive winter for the economic and social Arab reality, and an internal weakening of the internal ethnic unity and that which is connected to the religious streams. Of course, all of this was American and external handiwork, the goal of which was to destroy the Arab states so that all of them would be weak, accept orders, and not have advanced national positions to support the Palestinian cause."
[Official PA TV, Topic of the Day, June 25, 2019]
Mahmoud Abbas has likewise indicated that he holds the US responsible:
"The Arab Spring, which in my opinion is the Arab Autumn and the American Autumn, was imported to us, and reached us after we read the maps that the American newspapers circulated for the division of the Arab states."
[Official PA TV, Jan. 14, 2017]
A recent op-ed in the official PA daily blamed the US and Israel not only for the Arab Spring disasters but for the Palestinian civil war in Gaza which led to the Hamas rule:
"[Hamas'] coup [in Gaza] was prepared in advance according to a clear goal and agenda, and for the interests of the Israeli and American enemy and the opposing revolutionary forces in the Arab homeland and the region. The coup was tantamount to the spearhead of the so-called Spring of Arab Revolutions, and the engine of acts of destruction within the states and peoples of the Arab nation.
Despite the coup failing to attain its strategic goals, which are the erasure and elimination of the Palestinian cause, it did not fail tactically as it succeeded in tearing apart the two parts of the homeland - and the Hamas Movement militias succeeded in imposing their full control over the southern Palestinian districts [the Gaza Strip]."
[Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist, official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 15, 2019]
Palestinian Media Watch has exposed the PA libel that the US and Israel are behind the catastrophes in the Arab world, including the claim that Israel wants to "crush the Arab world" and instigates controversies in the Muslim world, as well as the "fact" that the US created ISIS, and is involved in an "American-Zionist plot" to destroy the Arab states.
2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah won the 2005 Palestinian Authority Presidential election. However, Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with a majority of 74 out of 132 seats, to Fatah's 45 seats. Fatah's rule of the PA Presidency and Hamas' rule of the PA government led to friction and eventually armed conflict between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas defeated Fatah militarily in the Gaza Strip in 2007, and since then Hamas rules in Gaza while the PA continues to rule the West Bank under Fatah.