Weekly Commentary: Yes - Abbas Does Support Anyone Who Uses Weapons!
Dr. Aaron Lerner 25 January 2018
"Whoever has [weapons] - go ahead and do it. I say this out in the open. If
you have weapons, go ahead. I'm with you, and I will help you. Anyone who
has weapons can go ahead."
...The Americans are always telling us that we must stop paying salaries to
the families of the martyrs and the prisoners. We categorically reject this
demand. Under no circumstances will we allow the families of the martyrs,
the wounded, and the prisoners to be harmed. These are our children, our
families. We are proud of them, and we will pay them before we pay the
Mahmoud Abbas to the PLO Central Council, January 14, 2018
[Thanks to MEMRI for the translation]
There's a dispute among Arabists if Abbas' remark that "If you have weapons,
go ahead. I'm with you, and I will help you. Anyone who has weapons can go
ahead" was a cynical remark rather than a serious statement.
They note that in the same remarks, Abbas said he supports only "peaceful
popular resistance" - which is Arabic for trying to murder people "only"
with fire bombs and rocks.
But that's not the point.
The question isn't the rhetoric. Itís the action.
Here are two statements:
#1. If you have weapons, go ahead. I'm with you, and I will help you.
#2. I support peaceful popular resistance.
Here is a policy:
Any Palestinian who is sent to Israeli prison for murdering Israelis - no
matter what the circumstances - shall receive a salary for the rest of his
life at the level of the highest security officer serving in the Palestinian
Question: Which statement matches the policy? Statement #1 or Statement
If you answered "Statement #2" then you are what is known as a "useful
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