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Friday, January 11, 2013
[Back to destruction of Israel] Abbas Reinstates a Radical Political Doctrine

Anyone who expected that Abbas would follow a more moderate course after the
UN General Assembly resolution of November 29, 2012, upgrading the status of
the PLO’s Observer Mission to that of an observer state, was undoubtedly
disappointed with Abbas’ remarks. He was not preparing the Palestinian
people for making peace, but rather reverting to rhetoric perpetuating and
even escalating the conflict.

Abbas Reinstates a Radical Political Doctrine
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, January 10, 2013
Jerusalem Issue Briefs Vol. 13, No. 1 11 January 2013
http://jcpa.org/article/abbas-reinstates-a-radical-political-doctrine/

-Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority and leader of the PLO
and the Fatah movement, presented a radical political doctrine in his speech
on January 4, 2013, honoring the anniversary of Fatah’s establishment. The
messages Abbas conveys express the political and national vision that he
bequeaths to the Palestinian people.

-In his speech Abbas avoids all mention of a historic compromise with Israel
that would bring the conflict to an end. Nor does he mention the
land-for-peace formula or the establishment of a Palestinian state beside
Israel. Instead, Abbas chose to reemphasize that the Palestinian people
remain on the path of struggle to realize “the dream of return” of the
Palestinian refugees and their millions of descendants.

-Abbas pledged to continue the path of struggle of previous Palestinian
leaders, mentioning the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who
forged a strategic alliance with Nazi Germany, and heads of Palestinian
terror organizations who were directly responsible for the murder of
thousands of Israeli civilians. All are equal and suitable partners in the
Palestinian struggle, and their ideological platform, even if it is
terrorist and/or radical-Islamist, is a source of inspiration for the
Palestinian people.

-In honor of the anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, which is
headed by Mahmoud Abbas, at the end of December the al-Aqsa Martyrs’
Brigades, the military arm of Fatah, held parades of armed men in the city
of Hebron, the town of Bani Na’im, and the Kalandia refugee camp just north
of Jerusalem. In Hebron and Bani Na’im, scores of activists armed with
assault rifles participated.

-Anyone who expected that Abbas would follow a more moderate course after
the UN General Assembly resolution of November 29, 2012, upgrading the
status of the PLO’s Observer Mission to that of an observer state, was
undoubtedly disappointed with Abbas’ remarks. He was not preparing the
Palestinian people for making peace, but rather reverting to rhetoric
perpetuating and even escalating the conflict.

Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), chairman of the Palestinian Authority and leader
of the PLO and the Fatah movement, who lately has also been exalted with the
title “president of the state of Palestine,” presented a radical political
doctrine in his speech on January 4, 2013, honoring the anniversary of Fatah’s
establishment. Abbas spoke by telephone from Ramallah to a crowd of
thousands gathered in Gaza’s Al-Saraya Square.

Abbas’ speech is of great importance because he directly addresses the
activists of the movement, who are the main prop of the Palestinian
Authority, and the Palestinian people as a whole. The messages Abbas conveys
in his speech to the nation express more than any other statement the
political and national vision that he bequeaths to the Palestinian people,
in terms of which he asks them to proceed.

In his speech Abbas avoids all mention of a historic compromise with Israel
that would bring the conflict to an end. Nor does he mention the
land-for-peace formula, the establishment of a Palestinian state beside
Israel, recognition of Israel, or Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish
people.

Instead, Abbas chose to reemphasize that the Fatah movement has not changed
since the day of its establishment – marked by its first anti-Israel terror
attack on January 1, 1965 – and that the Palestinian people remain on the
path of struggle. The keywords in his speech were the “dreams” and “national
goals” to be achieved; that is, “historical justice,” as the Palestinians
view it. Translated into the language of action, that means, according to
Abbas, “realizing the dream of return” of the Palestinian refugees and their
millions of descendants.

Abbas reinforced his uncompromising message with a pledge to continue the
path of struggle of previous Palestinian leaders, mentioning the Mufti of
Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who forged a strategic alliance with Nazi
Germany, and heads of Palestinian terror organizations who were directly
responsible for the murder of thousands of Israeli civilians, including
Halil al-Wazir Abu Jihad (Fatah), Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (Hamas), Abd al-Aziz
al-Rantisi (Hamas), Fathi al-Shikaki (Islamic Jihad), George Habash (Popular
Front), Abu Ali Mustafa (Popular Front), Abu al-Abbas (Arab Liberation
Front), and Izzadin al-Qassam (leader of the jihad war against the Jewish
Yishuv and the British in the 1930s).

Abbas refrained from setting red lines for the “Palestinian struggle,”
condemning terror, or denouncing Palestinian terror organizations and
leaders. All of these, in his view, are equal and suitable partners in the
Palestinian struggle, and their ideological platform, even if it is
terrorist and/or radical-Islamist, is a source of inspiration for the
Palestinian people in their ongoing endeavor to achieve their national
goals.

This is not just a matter of lip-service about solidarity with historical
leaders who have left this world. Abbas regards the tradition of national
unity with Palestinian terror organizations as an imperative and a duty that
are incumbent on him and on the Palestinian people, a key to “realization of
the dreams” – in other words, the destruction of the State of Israel.

In honor of the anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, which is
headed by Mahmoud Abbas, at the end of December the al-Aqsa Martyrs’
Brigades, the military arm of Fatah, held parades of armed men in the city
of Hebron, the town of Bani Na’im, and the Kalandia refugee camp just north
of Jerusalem. In Hebron and Bani Na’im, scores of activists armed with
assault rifles participated.

Anyone who expected that Abbas would follow a more moderate course after the
UN General Assembly resolution of November 29, 2012, upgrading the status of
the PLO’s Observer Mission to that of an observer state, was undoubtedly
disappointed with Abbas’ remarks. He was not preparing the Palestinian
people for making peace, but rather reverting to rhetoric perpetuating and
even escalating the conflict.

* * *

The following is a translation of Abbas’ speech:

In the name of Allah the merciful and compassionate, O members of our heroic
Palestinian people, O members of heroic Fatah, O heroic residents of Gaza:

Peace on all of you, dear Gaza, peace on you O Gaza of Hashim [grandfather
of the Prophet Muhammad], O the one [Gaza] that clasps the struggle to its
soul, all through its bitter history and various forms, peace on you O Gaza,
O those born from its womb, the first cells of your pioneering movement
[that were set up] in 1957, some eight years before it was founded on
January 1, 1965, peace on you O Gaza, which launched the First Intifada.

Peace on the souls of your martyrs [shahids] O Gaza, and peace on you who
have taken the patient path and are gathered in Al-Saraya Square, square of
the martyr Yasser Arafat, to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the
Palestinian revolution. Peace to the heroes who bore the burden and the pain
so as to maintain the national Palestinian personality. Peace to those who
stand firm against the blockade. Peace to every sister and brother of you,
every son and daughter. To all I send all my love from the bottom of my
heart.

My brothers and my sisters, this mass gathering is being held on the
anniversary of your revolution, which began under the most difficult of
conditions. Our situation on the day of the establishment [of the Fatah
movement] was harder than our situation today, since the world had not
recognized the existence of our people outside the context of the expulsions
and the misery, and we did not have an entity nor a state on the political
map of the world, which regarded us as a problem of refugees who needed
nothing more than charity. Yet the spearhead of this proud people decided to
alter the course of history. Your modern revolution transformed the problem
of your people through sacrifice, determination, and faith in the reality of
a state with a flag of its own, to be flown at the United Nations beside the
flags of the rest of the countries of the world.

The Fatah of yesterday is the Fatah of today. It was established for the
sake of Palestine, and Palestine remained its compass, and it upheld the
ideal that cannot be questioned, that of fealty to the [Palestinian]
problem, and according to [this principle] national unity is the foundation
of the national Palestinian endeavor and safeguarding the national identity
is the first priority. If it were not for unity in the framework of Fatah,
the sole legitimate representative that will not be divided and will not be
replaced, we could not have progressed from a situation of misery and from
refugee tents to a situation in which the [Palestinian] problem is the most
important one in the international arena. In this context of the struggle of
the heroes, the Palestinian problem has become a symbol of liberation, of
defiance, and of rebellion against injustice and tyranny all over the world!

I bless you, sons of our people and those congregated in the square of the
martyr Yasser Arafat, on this wonderful day marking the establishment of
[the movement], which became a foundational moment in our path of struggle,
and which is exalted in the restoration of the national unity that has no
substitute when it comes to achieving our national objectives.

I bless you and strengthen the hand of each of you, since you have inscribed
[on the pages of history] the most wonderful epics of heroism, patience, and
steadfastness, and you have remained firm in your hearts even as your role
in worthy actions and in sacrifices along this path increased, as, for
example, when the names of the martyrs and the gravestones of leaders
multiplied, commanders of the struggle and warriors, innocent children,
mothers and sisters, who fell in the path of freedom amid all the Israeli
aggression that wreaked injustice, and to which our precious [Gaza] Strip
was subjected!

Brothers and sisters, all of our Palestinian people lives under occupation
and blockade, while our eyes and our hearts are directed at Al-Quds
[Jerusalem], which is being subjected to an enormous settlement campaign, in
which the occupiers compete with time and think it is an opportunity [for
them], and under these circumstances the obligation falls on all of us,
Palestinians and those who are not Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, and with
us the liberals in the world, to unite our efforts, our hearts, and our
resolve for the rescue of Al-Quds, our eternal capital city, and this by
providing the means and elements of steadfastness, and support for the
residents of the city, righteous Muslims and Christians.

And as for Gaza, the first Palestinian soil from which the army and the
colonists exited, we focus our thoughts on ending the blockade imposed on
it, so that Gaza will be free and liberated and connected to all the other
parts of our homeland.

On the anniversary [of Fatah] we renew with a faithful heart the pledge to
the heroic martyrs to walk in the path of the brother-martyr Abu Amar
[Arafat] and his brother-friends, the leaders of all the national forces:
Abu Jihad, Abu Iyyad, Abd al-Fatah Hamud, Abu Ali Ayyad, Abu Sabri Saydam,
Abu Yusuf al-Najjar, Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, Abu al-Walid Saad Sa’il,
Faisal Husseini, Abu al-Hol, Abu al-Mondhir, Abu al-Said, Ahmed Yassin, Abd
al-Aziz al-Rantisi, Ismail Abu Shanab, Fathi al-Shikaki, Majed Abu Sharar,
Suleiman al-Najab, Bashir al-Barghouti, Hani al-Hassan, Abu Ali Mustafa, Abu
al-Abbas, Samir Rusha, Abu al-Abd Khatab, and tens of thousands of heroic
martyrs, and here it is obligatory to mention the first pioneers: the Mufti
of Palestine, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, Ahmed al-Shukeiri, Yehiyeh Hamuda,
Izzadin al-Qassam. These left on our shoulders and on our conscience their
last bequest to continue in the path and to act in unity, and there is no
other alternative than unity for achieving the national objectives and
arriving at victory.

Blessings to our heroic prisoners and a blessing to all the members of our
people in the homeland and in the diaspora and in every place where the
Palestinians have agreed on the united dreams and objectives and the
fulfillment of the dream of return. In the near future, with the help of
Allah, we will achieve our unity on the road to ending the occupation so
that the flag of the state of Palestine will wave over the churches of
Al-Quds and the minarets of the mosques, as our eternal martyred leader
Yasser Arafat reiterated at every opportunity, and we, with the help of
Allah and the resolve of our people and the support of the friends and the
brothers and the free world, will realize our objectives, and we will
celebrate on the next anniversary of the revolution that has begun, so as to
achieve the victory, and the victory will come, will come, will come.

With the help of Allah we will meet with you in proud Gaza very soon.

Source: http://www.wafa.ps/arabic/index.php?action=detail&id=145853

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About Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is a senior researcher of the Middle East
and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is a
co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd. and is a former advisor to the
Policy Planning Division of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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