Saeb Ereqat is the head of the Negotiations Dept. of the “moderate” Palestinian Authority. Unsurprisingly, in his recent interview in Arabic he directly contradicts what PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said in English just a few days ago.
Many people say that the [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations of the last 10 or 15 years were useless and yielded nothing, but [that is not true]. In 1994 [i.e. during the Oslo negotiations] the Palestinian side could have capitulated and gained an achievement within one month. [That is,] we could have agreed to undertake the management of the education and health [systems] in the West Bank. [Likewise] Yasser Arafat could have accepted what was offered him at Camp David [in 2000], instead of [letting himself] be besieged in the Muqata’a and then murdered for no reason. President Mahmoud ‘Abbas could have accepted [Olmert’s] December 2008 proposal, [but he preferred to wait]…”
“[Likewise], nobody should agree to Israeli settlers remaining in the Palestinian [state].”
Hat tip: ZOA
And if anyone still has any doubts, here’s a revealing video of another proud Fatah official, Kifah Radaydeh: Our goal has never been peace
So what, exactly, is he being “flexible” on? Not on land, not on Jerusalem, not on refugees; so where is this flexibility?
And why, exactly, does a Palestinian Arab state require Jerusalem to be its capital in order to exist?
And why, exactly, does such a state require its neighboring country to take in millions of citizens it claims as its own?
Perhaps the flexibility is in the timeframe for Israel to negotiate its own destruction.
Arab leaders often reveal truth only when they speak in Arabic to their audience. MEMRI has a TV clip of Fatah Leader in Lebanon Sultan Abu Al-Einen:
Sultan Abu Al-Einen: It was the resistance that led to the Oslo Accords. The Israeli enemy still does not recognize the Right of Return, but 250,000 Palestinians have returned to their homeland [as part of the Oslo Accords]. The weapons that were used against the Israeli enemy in Gaza and elsewhere – the Palestinian Authority takes pride in…
Interviewer: You are talking about the 40,000 guns…
Sultan Abu Al-Einen: More than 40,000 guns.
Interviewer: You said that weapons were brought in through different means…
Sultan Abu Al-Einen: I want to talk about the weapons that were brought in as part of the agreement.
Barry Rubin has more on this: We fooled you, We Intend to Destroy You. So Now What Will You Give Us?
If during previous US administrations terrorist groups were required to at least formally renounce terrorism by uttering the “magic” words (although Fatah still refuses to recognize Israel and has a terrorist “military wing” Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades), these days even this is not necessary: simply list your FTO under a more-or-less legitimate “roof” and start raking millions of US federal aid.
LAT reports about “minor changes” – nothing to worry about!
The administration seeks changes that would permit aid to Palestinians even if officials backed by Hamas, which has been designated a terrorist group, become part of a unified Palestinian government.
The Palestinian group is designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization and under law may not receive federal aid.
But the administration has asked Congress for minor changes in U.S. law that would permit aid to continue flowing to Palestinians in the event Hamas-backed officials become part of a unified Palestinian government.
Palestinian authorities disbanded a youth orchestra from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel, a local official said on Sunday. … Adnan al-Hinda, director of the Popular Committee for Services in the Jenin refugee camp, said that the participation of the children in the concert was a “dangerous matter” because it was directed against the cultural and national identity of the Palestinians. He accused “suspicious elements” of being behind the Holon event, saying they were seeking to “impact the national culture of the young generation and cast doubt about the heroism and resistance of the residents of the camp during the Israeli invasion in April 2002.” … Ramzi Fayad, a spokesman for various political factions in the Jenin refugee camp, also condemned the participation of the teenagers in the Holocaust event, saying all the groups were strongly opposed to any form of normalization with Israel.
This is “good” Fatah, which supposedly supports the “peace process” – as opposed to the “bad” Hamas. See any difference? I don’t.
Indeed, as of 2009, Fatah leadership does not make it a secret that they do not recognize Israel’s right to exist.
This is Mohammed Dahlan, a senior official from Fatah, speaking in Arabic:
It is 2009, and Fatah still refuses to recognize Israel.
“I want to say for the thousandth time, in my own name and in the name of all of my fellow members of the Fatah movement: We do not demand that the Hamas movement recognize Israel. On the contrary, we demand of the Hamas movement not to recognize Israel, because the Fatah movement does not recognize Israel even today.”
Courtesy Palestinian Media Watch