Fatah Leader Jibril Rajoub: Armed Uprising Against Israel Not Ruled Out
by Gidon Ben-Zvi
Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party said on Saturday that if current negotiations between Israel and the PA fail then, “We have not ruled out an armed uprising as a solution,” Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Sunday.
Rajoub made his comments during an official visit to Tehran in an interview with Iran’s Al-Alam News Network. While visiting the Islamic Republic, Rajoub met with regime leaders.
The meeting between a member of the Fatah Central Committee and high ranking members of Iran’s regime is noteworthy since relations between Tehran and Ramallah have been tense over the last few years, according to the Times of Israel.
While in Iran, Rajoub also claimed that the seat of a possible future Palestinian state’s government would be in Jerusalem. “We will not stop the resistance until the establishment of an independent Palestinian government in east Jerusalem,” he said.
In a related development, Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary General of the PLO Executive Committee, said that the Palestinian Authority will not accept the version of the current Israel-PA framework peace agreement that’s being backed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Ma’ariv reported.
The PLO Executive Committee is the highest executive body of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the provisional government of a proposed future State of Palestine.
According to Rabbo, Kerry’s proposal is comprised of “Israeli ideas,” Ma’ariv reported.
Rabbo added that the American delegation led by Kerry has proposed “vague ideas” to the PA’s negotiating team about the ultimate fate of Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and several outstanding security issues.
Rabbo also claimed that the United States is not acting as an honest, impartial broker in the talks since it is promoting Israeli interests by not supporting the Palestinian-Arab ‘right of return’ claim, Ma’ariv said.