" all forms of the struggle exist, and we do not rule out the possibility of
the armed struggle or any other struggle. The struggle exists in all its
forms, on the basis of what we are capable of at a given time, and according
to what seems right... "
July 12, 2009 Palestinian Media Watch
"Our goal has never been peace.
Peace is a means; the goal is Palestine."
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Palestinian Media Watch:
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The PA will resume violence and terror against Israel when Fatah is
"capable," and "according to what seems right," Fatah Regional Committee
member, Jerusalem, states openly that peace is not a goal for Fatah:
"It has been said that we are negotiating for peace, but our goal has never
been peace. Peace is a means; the goal is Palestine."
Radaydeh says that "armed struggle" has not been ruled out and will
continue, depending on how "capable" the PA forces are.
Click here to see the PATV interview www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc-7GK6F4RI
with Fatah official, Kifah Radaydeh
"Fatah is facing a challenge, because [Fatah] says that we perceive peace as
one of the strategies, but we say that all forms of the struggle exist, and
we do not rule out the possibility of the armed struggle or any other
struggle. The struggle exists in all its forms, on the basis of what we are
capable of at a given time, and according to what seems right...
What exactly do we want? It has been said that we are negotiating for peace,
but our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means; and the goal is
Palestine. I do not negotiate in order to achieve peace. I negotiate for
Palestine, in order to achieve a state."
[PA TV July 7, 2009]
It should be noted that when Fatah refers to "Palestine", it is routinely
referring to all of Israel.
1. The Fatah flag still shows the map of Israel under rifles. The same
symbol (see right) appears on the Fatah website ( http://www.fateh.ps ) and
other official Fatah publications.
2. Fatah MP Najat Abu-Bakr said in a PA TV interview last year that Fatah's
goal remains the destruction of Israel, but that their political plan is to
focus on the West Bank and Gaza Strip:
"It doesn't mean that we don't want the 1948 borders [all of Israel]...but
our current political program is to say that we want the 1967 borders." [PA
TV, Aug. 25 2008]. Click to view www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw-JZ5u0Oi4
3. A PA TV educational documentary broadcast monthly since 2007 includes the
following words denying the existence of Israel:
"Another section in Palestine which is the Palestinian coast that spreads
along the [Mediterranean] sea, from... Ashkelon in the south, until Haifa,
in the Carmel Mountains. Haifa is a well-known Palestinian port. [Haifa]
enjoyed a high status among Arabs and Palestinians especially before it fell
to the 'occupation' [Israel] in 1948. To its north, we find Acre. East of
Acre, we reach a city with history and importance, the city of Tiberias,
near a famous lake, the lake of Tiberias [Kinneret- Sea of Galilee]. Jaffa,
an ancient coastal city, is the bride of the sea, and Palestine's gateway to
the world." [PA TV, August 2007-June 7, 2009, dozens of times] Click to view
4. Muhammad Dahlan, senior PA official, recently stressed that Fatah
adamantly refuses to recognize Israel, and that even Palestinian Authority
recognition is to have better standing internationally in order to receive
"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... It's required of the government but not of
Hamas; it's required of the government but not of the Fatah, so that this
government will be able to offer the necessary assistance, to carry out the
necessary reconstruction, to offer assistance to the sick, to bring relief
to needy families... This can be dealt with [only] by a government that has
relations with the international community, one that is acceptable to the
international community, in order that we can work together and benefit from
the international community." [PA TV March 17, 2009]
Click to view www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9WA1XI-HIY