Even so, for years, assorted Israeli leftists, like Gush Shalom, former MKs Yossi Beilin, Meir Sheetrit, and even Shimon Peres, and some world leaders, have looked at Barghouti as a possible successor to Mahmoud Abbas, capable of delivering a peace agreement. Many of them touting him to be more moderate than Abbas.
He must be, last year Belgian Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum, nominated Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize. He seems to be following in the footsteps of that other well known peace monger, Yasser Arafat.
In addition to his former terrorist exploits, when Marwan Barghouti has made political statements, he’s said things such as, “After we attain a Palestinian state [in Judea and Samaria], there will be greater things for which to strive... There is no room for more than one state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean.” More moderate than Abbas?
Peace delusional Israelis and others, only see Barghouti’s friendly side. But as a terrorist leader and then pop-star security prisoner for the last fifteen years, Barghouti is very popular on the Palestinian street. According to the last poll done by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, about elections, No. 59 in 2016, if the presidential elections were between Marwan Barghouti and Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, Barghouti would receive 57% and Haniyeh would receive only 39% of the vote. Evidently violence - murdering Jews - sells in “Palestine”.
Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko. He can be contacted at: ArielNatanPasko@columnist.com
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