De officiële lezing is altijd dat de PLO al in 1988 de tweestatenoplossing accepteerde en het geweld afzwoer, iets dat met de Oslo Akkoorden en de brieven die Arafat en Rabin uitwisselden werd bevestigd. In werkelijkheid zijn de PLO en de Palestijnse Autoriteit die werd opgezet als voorlopig Palestijns bestuur, altijd ambigu geweest over deze zaken: in onderhandelingen en officiële statements in de internationale arena stelt men zich relatief gematigd op, maar in uitspraken voor Arabische media en bedoeld voor het eigen volk slaat men een harde, soms ronduit oorlogszuchtige toon aan. Van Arafat zijn speeches bekend waarin hij geweld prees en duidelijk maakte dat er voor Israel in de toekomst geen plaats zou zijn. Ook Abbas en andere PLO/PA kopstukken laten zich niet altijd even gematigd uit, zoals ook nu weer blijkt. Al dit soort uitspraken, de verheerlijking van geweld in Palestijnse media en het steeds weer stellen van nieuwe voorwaarden, stemmen niet bepaald optimistisch voor de kansen op vrede.
Senior PA official praises murderer and another official swears:
"If we had a nuke, we'd have used it this very morning"
Senior PA official Sultan Abu Al-Einein about murderer who stabbed Israeli to death last week:
"We salute the heroic fighter...
[who] went against the settler and killed him.
Blessings to the breast that nursed [him]"
Senior PA official Jibril Rajoub:
"I swear that if we had a nuke,
we'd have used it this very morning"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Two senior Palestinian Authority officials praised the use of violence against Israel last week.
Senior PA official Sultan Abu Al-Einein expressed his open support for the murderer who killed Evyatar Borovsky, an Israeli who was stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorist Salam Al-Zaghal while he was waiting for a ride.
Abu Al-Einein, who was until recently an advisor holding the rank of minister to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and who was subsequently appointed Head of the Palestinian Council for NGO Affairs by Abbas, honored the murderer:
"We salute the heroic fighter, the self-sacrificing Salam Al-Zaghal."
Abu Al-Einein also praised the murderer and his killing with the words:
"He insisted on defending his honor, so he went against the settler and killed him. Blessings to the breast that nursed Salam Al-Zaghal."
The audience applauded and whistled at this statement.
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Last week, Palestinian Media Watch reported that only hours after the murder, the administrator of Fatah's official Facebook page glorified Al-Zaghal as a "hero."
Another senior PA official, Jibril Rajoub, also praised the use of violence against Israel. During an interview on a Lebanese TV channel, the host referred to "the negotiations game" with Israel, and Rajoub expressed the view that negotiations are held because the Palestinians lack military strength:
"I swear that if we had a nuke, we'd have used it this very morning."
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Jibril Rajoub is the Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Chairman of the PA Olympic Committee. The interview was broadcast on the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV channel and also published on Rajoub's Facebook page on May 2, 2013.
Senior PA officials often state that avoiding violent confrontation or war with Israel is only temporarily, due to the PA's inability to take on such a conflict. They claim that negotiations with Israel are the right course of action for now, because conditions are not right for violence.
Mahmoud Abbas himself has also said on several occasions that if the Arab nations would begin a war against Israel, "Palestine" would join them.
The following is an excerpt of senior PA official Sultan Abu Al-Einein's interview, in which he praises a murderer as a "heroic fighter":
"Praise Allah who honored us and designated us to be in Ribat (religious war defending or liberating "Islamic" land) until Judgment Day, until the dawn of freedom and national independence will shine [on us]... On behalf of all those who fell as Martyrs or were wounded, we salute the heroic fighter, the self-sacrificing Salam Al-Zaghal from the Tulkarem District, whose honor and pride would not let him remain silent, consenting to the settlers' aggression against him in his vehicle. He insisted on defending his honor, so he went against the settler and killed him. Blessings to the breast that nursed Salam Al-Zaghal."
[Palestine Live TV, May 2, 2013]
The following is the translation of senior PA official Jibril Rajoub's interview, in which he swears that the PA would use nuclear weapons against Israel, if it possessed them:
Lebanese TV host: "The American [John Kerry] came to the PA. They are talking about reviving negotiations, about getting back to the table with the Israelis... Will you go back to the negotiations game?"
Jibril Rajoub: "There is no going back to negotiations unless the source of authority is the international resolutions, with a time frame and with the freezing of all unilateral Israeli steps: Jerusalem, the fence, settlements and prisoners."
Host: "You've heard Israel's refusal."
Jibril Rajoub: "That doesn't matter. Listen. We as yet don't have a nuke, but I swear that if we had a nuke, we'd have used it this very morning."
[Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), April 30, 2013]