Since its leading role in achieving and supporting the reconciliation and the success of the Palestinian dialogue, Pal-think conducted a workshop titled: The Horizon of the Palestinian dialogue discussing the Palestinian dialogue’s dimensions, current status and destiny. The workshop took place at Pal-think’s headquarter in Gaza on Thursday, 9th of April 2009.
It was hosted by MR. Omar Shaban, the main guests were:
1- MR. Ashraf Jomaa (PLC member and representing FATAH)
2- DR. Ismail Radwan (representing HAMAS)
The attendees and guests were leading Palestinian personalities in media, community activist, owners of organizations and people with militant experience. The main goal was to help the civil community in having a closer look at the Palestinian dialogue and related issues. The workshop started a smooth friendly debate between both parties each trying to illustrate his party’s main beliefs, goals, points of disagreement, needs, tasks, worries and visions.
This workshop came after a conference that Pal Think held in their headquarters In Gaza discussing the same issue and after the recent second round of dialogue sessions in Cairo which reached a dead end and failed.
To continue its duty towards Palestine and the Palestinian community, Pal Think conducted that workshop to clear things up for everybody. What is worth telling is that many organizations wouldn’t dare to hold such a workshop, but because Pal Think is neutral and MR Omar has a well known reputation and good connections it was possible to make it happen. Both parties agreed on facing three obstacles and points of disagreement and these three points are:
1- Assembling the new Government
2- Fixing security sections.
3- The elections style and execution.
Also they both had many things to agree on and may common grounds such as:
1- Good intentions.
2- True hard efforts to achieve reconciliation and dialogue’s success.
3- Looking forward to the upcoming dialogue sessions.
4- Trying hard to solve and overcome the points of disagreement.
5- The postponing is caused by the need of more time.
In the end they were both optimistic and predicted the success of this dialogue without denying that it needs more time in the same time acknowledging that the dialogue came so far and advanced a lot.