Palestinians optimistic for peace: Hamas and Israeli leaders inspire hope

"The negotiations have not yet resulted in any agreements, but things are definitely much more optimistic than they were earlier," said Shouman.

by Sead Dedovic
Palestinians optimistic for peace: Hamas and Israeli leaders inspire hope
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The situation in Palestine remains stagnant, but the latest information has sparked happiness among the Palestinians. Residents of the Gaza Strip have been disappointed by the events of the past months, but things could be heading in a different direction.

It seems that the residents of Gaza are optimistic that better days are ahead, as they might soon witness a ceasefire in Palestine.

Mansour Shouman, a resident of Gaza, stated in an interview with Al Jazeera that the people of Palestine inside Gaza feel more optimistic regarding the ceasefire negotiations held in Doha. 

Shouman is optimistic because certain sources reaching the people indicate that the Palestinian negotiation team is ready to make concessions on some points to achieve peace and finish the negotiations. 

It appears that the Palestinian authorities are changing their policy, ready to turn things in their favor. 

Shouman admitted that these points include the release of Israeli soldiers captured on October 7, the Palestinian side wants a long-term ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, and the opening of borders. 

Although there are no concrete changes yet, the people of Palestine have no choice but to remain optimistic. The people of Palestine are tired, exhausted, and eager for the war to end. Their courage over the past nine months is truly commendable.

"The negotiations have not yet resulted in any agreements, but things are definitely much more optimistic than they were earlier," said Shouman.

Let us recall that yesterday the Palestinian group Hamas sent a message to Hezbollah, stating that they had agreed to the proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The leader of Hezbollah supported this move, considering it positive. One of the Hezbollah officials acknowledged that their group would cease-fire in Lebanon. 

According to media reports from the Middle East, negotiations and discussions have been renewed between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Joe Biden, and the Israeli delegation in Qatar. 

Hamas does not want any forces to enter Palestine to impose laws or anything similar. The leaders of Hamas are against such actions, believing that Palestinians should govern their land and have the right to do so.

"The Palestinian people will not allow any guardianship or the imposition of any external solutions or equations," the statement said.

If anyone deploys international forces or similar entities in Gaza, the Palestinians will characterize this as aggression and treat them as occupying forces. The Palestinians do not want anyone to occupy their land or attempt to threaten their integrity and sovereignty. They are tired of witnessing the same scenarios year after year and there is a significant fear that they might lose part of their territory. The Palestinian authorities are against such a scenario and hope that things will be quite more positive for them.

Yoav Gallant deepened their optimism

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant recently sparked optimism, primarily among Israelis and subsequently among Palestinians. Gallant expects that a final agreement will be reached in the near future. He emphasized that he had been pressuring Hamas for months to reach an agreement, but it seems that Hamas leaders were not open to an agreement under some conditions set by Israel. If both sides genuinely want to reach a final agreement, compromise is essential.

"A month ago, I was pessimistic about our chances of reaching an agreement soon. One of my main goals in all my meetings in the United States was to put pressure on Hamas to reach an agreement with the understanding that there would be no better deal. Today, and I say this cautiously, we are closer than ever," said Gallant.

Yoav Gallant
Yoav Gallant© Getty Images/Anna Moneymaker

This is great news not only for the Middle East but for the entire world, which has been experiencing a chaotic period due to the war in Ukraine and the war in Palestine. Leaders of major countries support such statements and moves, believing that Israelis and Palestinians can indeed reach a peace agreement and resolve conflicts that have lasted for years. 

It is too early to say that Israel and Palestine can definitively resolve the deep issues in their relations immediately, but the imperative must be that in the coming years, both countries find common ground and demonstrate that with dialogue and determination, everything is possible. The relations between Israel and Palestine, as everyone knows, have not been good for many years. The question arises: What is important to do to steer their relations in a different direction? There are many points from which they could start.

The first step would of course have to be the authorities of both countries. Without a government that wants peace, it is hard to expect ordinary citizens to iron out relations. The leaders of both countries must show openness to peace and prosperity in the future because such relations cannot bring anything good.