March 5, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Just a week before U.S. Secretary of State Rice's most recent meeting with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, Mahmoud Ismail, a member of the PLO?s Executive Committee [Director of Labor and Popular Organizations] and an influential voice in Abbas? [aka Abu Mazen] Fatah party, was quoted in an appearance on the Palestinian Authority television network as being in support of the al-Qaeda led, Iraqi ?resistance."
As translated by Palestinian Media Watch Ismail stated that the Coaltion Forces which liberated 25 million Iraqis were ?enemies" and ?imperialists."
Upon that characterization, Ismail then made the short intellectual leap justifying the ?right to struggle and to resistance in all possible ways in all the occupied lands," clearly in ideological agreement with bin-Laden?s numerous declarations of war against the United States, Israel and the West.
An extended excerpt of Ismail?s address:
"I want to cite the actions and future actions of President [Abbas], from the starting point that the Palestine cause is the essential and central cause of the Arab Nation. It's not surprising that [to] certain journalists of the current despicable American era, our [Arab nationalist] language of the 50s and 60s is outdated, when we talk about the nature of the struggle between the Arab Nation and its enemies: the Imperialists and Zionists, who attack and occupy our territories inside Palestine and outside, in Iraq, in the remains of South Lebanon and the Golan?We [however,] take pride in this [Arab nationalist] language because we are the authentic Arabs who believe in our Arabism, our faith, our cause, our Nation, in our right to struggle and to resistance [euphemism for terror] in all possible ways in all the occupied lands, in Palestine, Lebanon, the Golan and Iraq?"
Rice?s meeting with Abbas was intended to goad him into re-entering negotiations with Israel, after he pulled Fatah?s participation in the ?peace" talks in the wake of the IDF?s successful attacks on Hamas which resulted in the killing of over 100 terrorists.
Why the State Department views Abbas as being a worthy partner in its euphemistically titled ?Middle East peace process," is hard to fathom, given Abbas? close association with Yasser Arafat and his still outspoken support for terror.
During a February 28 interview, also carried on PA television Abbas stated:
"I was honored to be the one to shoot the first bullet 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 [terrorist PLO] camps."
During the same interview Abbas questioned the right of Israel to be a Jewish nation and said that he would not require Hamas to recognize the right of Israel to exist.
Abbas? long-term goals are the same as those of his more forthcoming, less duplicitous jihadist brothers, they both seek to impose a caliphate through whatever means necessary. In the present circumstances, Abbas is clearly interested in employing the power of the U.S. State Department to force a false peace on Israel, thus further weakening the Jewish state?s ability to defend itself and placing it?s future in great jeopardy.
Abbas? is clearly carrying out a policy similar to that of Fatah?s previous leader Arafat, who infamously would meet with Western diplomats in the morning and in English tell them that he wanted peace, but would later in the same day, in Arabic and away from the prying eyes of the television cameras, preach ?death to Israel" among his key supporters, and Rice is foolish to believe otherwise.
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