"Now we are against armed conflict because we are unable. In the future
stages [see: Khartoum 1973, the PLO STRATEGIC RESOLUTION of the
struggle "by stages", never cancelled, which includes "accepting
whichever part of Palestine relinquished by the Zionist enemy, and from
there building strength for the final attack" ], things may be
Feb 28 2008
Palestinian Media Watch
Abbas rejects Jewishness of Israel,
doesn't rule out armed conflict
proud to have taught terror to world
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he
doesn't rule out armed conflict against Israel. He also said that he
was "honored" to have fired the first bullet of the Fatah terror
organization in 1965, and to have taught terror tactics around the
world, including to such groups as Hizbullah.
In an in-depth interview published today in the Jordanian daily
Al-Dustur, Abbas said that the PA is "unable" to pursue armed conflict
for now, but said that "in the future stages things may be different."
He rejected Israel as a Jewish state, and said that it was the PA's
rejection of Israel's Jewishness that almost aborted the Annapolis
Conference last November.
Abbas said that he won't demand that Hamas recognize Israel. In fact,
as PMW has reported in the past, he said that the only "recognition" of
Israel he demands of a Palestinian unity government is to recognize
Israel as its adversary.
Here are some highlights from that interview:
The Arab Situation
"Now we are against armed conflict because we are unable. In the future stages, things may be different... "
We reject the Jewishness of the state
The Palestinian President emphasized his rejection of what is described as the Jewishness of the state [Israel], and said: "We rejected this proposal at the Annapolis conference last November in the USA, and the conference was almost aborted because of it..."
The Resistance [Editor's note: PA euphemism for terror]
The Palestinian President spoke about the resistance, saying: "I was
honored to be the one to shoot the first bullet in 1965 [Fatah terror
against Israel began in 1965] ,and having taught resistance to many in
this area and around the world, defining it and when it is beneficial
and when it is not... we had the honor of leading the resistance.We
taught everyone what resistance is, including the Hezbollah, who were
trained in our camps [i.e. PLO camps in the 60s and 70s]."
Recognition of Israel
"I don't demand that the Hamas movement recognize Israel. I only
demanded of the [Palestinian] national unity government that would work opposite Israel in recognition of it. And this I told to Syrian
President Bashir Assad, and he supported this idea."
Al-Dustur, February 28, 2008
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Abbas rejects Jewishness of Israel, doesn't rule out armed conflict, proud to have taught terror to world
"Now we are against armed conflict because we are unable. In the future
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Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 27, 2008; A03
Posted by News Service at 1:11 AM
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Zionophobia is the irrational hatred of Israel and Jewish nationalism, meaning Zionism. Rooted in traditional Judeophobia - and in genuine sympathy for the Palestinian predicament -- it masks this antisemitism by demonizing Israel in the guise of defending the downtrodden. By treating Israel as the world's only pariah state it assails the essence of Zionism, which demanded equal treatment for the Jewish nation.
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February 27, 2008, 11:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Barzilai regional hospital, Ashkelon, targeted by Hamas missile
The mayor, Ronnie Mahtzari, called on the government to remove the gloves for a tough military operation against the savage Palestinian missile offensive on Israeli locations bordering on the Gaza Strip. He said the town is willing to take more missiles, as long as the IDF is allowed to take effective action against the terrorists.
In recent weeks, all parts of Ashkelon, a thriving city of more than 103,000 with a big oil port, have joined the cycle of Hamas missile targets from Gaza. Wednesday, Feb. 27, its Barzilai hospital which serves the entire region was taking in the wounded from Sderot, the Sapir College and the Off Kor factory, when an extended-range Grad missile landed outside its doors. By sheer good luck, it did not explode and was finally defused after several hours. Another missile knocked out electrical power in some parts of the city.
DEBKAfile's military sources report that the targeting of Hamas leaders and operatives evokes further missile violence against civilians without solving the essential security threat which Hamas-ruled Gaza poses southern Israel. Hamas and its allies are free to calibrate their missile attacks at will only because the Israeli government and IDF command desist from striking at strategic terrorist infrastructure deep inside the Gaza Strip.
This week, the infiltration of scores of al Qaeda jihadis to the Gaza Strip was confirmed by Israeli military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, the Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the UN Secretary-General's office. Yet nothing is done.
Posted by News Service at 7:52 PM
Ronnie Yihya, 47, father of 4, was killed, 10 people injured, in heavy Palestinian missile-mortar barrage Wednesday
February 27, 2008, 8:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Last missile victim at Sderot's Sapir College
Ronnie Yihya was a student at Sapir College outside Sderot. He came from Moshav Bitchah near Ofakim in southern Israel. He was killed and a second student critically injured by a direct Qassam hit to the campus, Wednesday, Feb. 27.
More than 50 missiles and dozens of mortar rounds, fired from Gaza in five hours Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, crashed into Sderot, Shear Hanegev, the Off Kor factory's canteen, just after 200 employees had left, and several more civilian locations bordering on the Gaza Strip.
Ten people were injured and dozens suffered shock.
The last four exploded in Ashkelon, causing a partial electricity outage. An extended-range Grad landed behind the Barzilai regional hospital, another exploded in the industrial zone leaving several people in shock.
The barrage followed an Israeli airborne rocket attack, which killed 8 members of Hamas' armed wing, just returned from training in Iran or an Arab country, who were driving on a bus to a Hamas military facility near Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip.
Palestinian sources reported that three of the seven dead were senior members of the Hamas Qassam Brigades' missile unit.
Later Wednesday, the Israeli air force was again in action to strike back at the Qassam launchers. The Palestinians reported at least two fatalities. Hamas threatened to continue shooting missiles in response to Israeli targeted attacks. DEBKAfile military sources report Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians were initiated before and continue day after day, whether or not Israel strikes back.
Their extremist leaders based in Damascus resist all international attempts to mediate a halt in their offensive.
Monday, a nine-year old Israel boy was seriously injured by a Qassam rocket which hit a group of children playing in Sderot.
On the West Bank, a wanted Palestinian was killed and 4 were injured, two seriously, resisting arrest by an Israeli counter-terror unit in Nablus. The group was suspected of plotting a large-scale terror attack in central Israel. Two were on the list of Fatah armed wing members who were granted Israeli amnesty, provided they renounced violence.
Posted by News Service at 7:50 PM
Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The struggle between Kurds and Arabs for control of the city of Kirkuk and its oil amounts to a ``ticking time bomb'' in northern Iraq, according to the new United Nations envoy trying to broker a settlement.
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KOBAR, West Bank (AP) -- Thousands of angry Hamas loyalists marched Sunday at the funeral of a Muslim preacher who died in Palestinian custody, turning the ceremony into a rare show of defiance against President Mahmoud Abbas.
Relatives of Hamas preacher Majed Barghouti mourn during his funeral in the West Bank village of Kobar.
The demonstration was an unusual sight in the West Bank, where Abbas' Palestinian Authority have become increasingly autocratic since his Hamas rivals seized power in the Gaza Strip in June.
Since then, police there have cracked down on protests perceived to challenge the rule of Abbas, who heads Fatah.
Some 3,000 Hamas loyalists crowded the village of Kobar, carrying the body of Majed Barghouti, who died Friday in a lockup run by intelligence officials.
Mourners waved the green flags of the militant Muslim group as they carried Barghouti's body, boldly chanting in support of Hamas and its armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, a group banned in the West Bank.
At a separate march for women, mourners wrapped green Hamas bandannas around their headscarves and loudly condemned Abbas' intelligence chief, Tawfik Tirawi, whom they blame for Barghouti's death.
"Tirawi, you are a coward, you are the Americans' deputy," the women chanted. "We will crush your head, collaborator," they said.
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