facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Fatah chief: occupation starts end in 2005

Nov. 29, 2004 at 7:32 AM   |   Comments

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Imprisoned West Bank Fatah chief Marwan Barghouti is predicting an end to the Israeli occupation beginning in 2005.

Arab member of the Israeli Knesset Ahmed al-Tibi quoted Barghouti, who is jailed in Israel, as saying, "Next year will witness the real beginning of the end of the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories."

Speaking to UPI after a meeting with Barghouti at his prison cell in Beersheba, Tibi said the imprisoned popular leader predicted, "2005 will be the year of the democratic internal (struggle) in the Palestinian territories."

"A new Palestinian political system will be formulated, consecrating the principle of partnership between the various Palestinian factions and reinforcing national unity on democratic bases," Barghouti was quoted as saying.

He also urged the international community to place Israel in front of a real challenge on "whether it wants to end the occupation or just reshape it."

Tibi said Barghouti, who decided not to run in the Jan. 9 presidential election, is optimistic. An Israeli court sentenced Barghouti to four life sentences for role in attacks that killed Israelis.

© 2004 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
2
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
3
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
4
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
5
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback