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PA President Mahmoud Abbas takes us all for fools.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blasted Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal for asserting that his group will never recognize Israel, hinting that the statement hinders the chances of the two-state solution, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
“I don’t agree with Khaled Mashaal’s statement on the non-recognition of Israel because we, in fact, recognized it in 1993,” Abbas told reporters in Ankara at the conclusion of a two-day visit. “A four-article agreement between (Fatah and Hamas) stipulates a two-state vision. And Mashaal approved of this agreement.”
Regarding Abbas’ claim of having recognized Israel in 1993:
In 1993, Arafat wrote to Yitzchak Rabin “…the PLO affirms that those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israel’s right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent with the commitments of this letter are now inoperative and no longer valid.
“Consequently, the PLO undertakes to submit to the Palestinian National Council for formal approval the necessary changes in regard to the Palestinian Covenant.”
However, those changes were never forthcoming. Article 9 of the PLO charter continues to assert, “Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This it is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase.”
It also maintains “Palestine” is defined by the British Mandate and is “indivisible” – thus leaving little or no room for Israel to exist at all.
Subsequent statements reiterate this non-recognition.
As for his claims of supporting a two-state vision:
Update by Brian of London: Also note the 48 in the logo. This is not a reference to 1948. That is the 48th anniversary of Fatah’s first terrorist attack (an attempt to bomb Israel’s national water carrier on 31 Dec 1964-1 Jan 1965).
It is not the founding of Fatah which was several years earlier.
So now you know what they mark as their foundation moment: a terrorist attack. Peace.