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March 17, 2013 4:43 pm

Abbas: “I Don’t See Much Difference” Between Policies of Hamas and PA

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Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: World Economic Forum.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is urging the European Union to remove Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations, using as his justification the similarity of Hamas policy to PA policy.

“If Hamas is committed to the cease-fire and if it openly pledges to stick to the peaceful popular resistance, I don’t see much difference between their policy and ours,” Abbas said in an interview with the Russian network RT that was cited by Israel Hayom. “In this case, there is no need to label them as a terrorist organization.”

When the interviewer pointed out that unlike Hamas, Fatah was not firing rockets at Israel, Abbas said, “neither we nor Hamas did. Not any longer.”

“After the Second Intifada, we decided to give up on armed resistance,” he said. “And let me be totally frank with you: We don’t want to launch any armed resistance whatsoever. Hamas has said the same. Yes, there were clashes in the past, but they have stopped—and I’m grateful to Allah for that.”

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  • richard sherman

    Abbas is right: both the PA Chater ( which is based on the 1964 PLO Charter) and the Hamas Charter call for the murdet of six million Jews. Only a sociopath would belong to or support either group of thugs.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Equivocation! Obfuscation! Prevarication! Abu Mazen is a wolf in sheep’s clothing! According to my DNA analysis, I am a direct descendant of Aaron. I wonder whom Fatah’s Abbas and Hamas’ Haniyeh are direct descendants of. Something tells me that Amalek is waiting in the wings. According to OHCHR Director Matthias Behnke, the death of 11-month-old Omar Misharawi blamed on Israeli fire now is rightfully blamed on an errant rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. What happened this last week? A three-year-old beautiful girl is still in critical condition because of stone-throwing Palestinian youngsters near Ariel. Almost 140 attacks against Israelis in Judea and Samaria in February 2013 alone. In Jerusalem, 83 attacks against Israelis in February 2013, most of them them fire bombs. A rocket was fired at Ashkelon at 6:00 AM on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade took responsibility. Although it landed in an open field, imagine what residents of Ashkelon thought as they were awakened to the sirens. Allah is NOT a cruel, mean, vicious G-d. He is my G-d and the G-d of every Jew, Christian and Muslim. No doubt He is crying at the bloodshed caused by Fatah and Hamas; no doubt He is profoundly saddened that the hatred toward the Jewish people has not abated in the least; no doubt He so much desires peace in this world; no doubt He will continue to guard and protect the guardians of His land against the machinations of those who plot endlessly to extirpate His people from their country; no doubt He knows and is deeply distressed that his House, The Temple Mount, has been and continues to be defiled by rampant destruction of its very foundations to remove every vestige of the First and Second Temples built in His name. Allah, G-d, Father–these are His names–will seek retribution for the injustices against His people when He deems it the right time. IF there is to be a lasting peace, IF the Palestinians determine that it is time to truly SEEK peace through no preconditions and open negotiation, IF the Palestinians transmute their charters and REMOVE in toto the destructive language against Israel, Zionism, and Jews, if Palestinian children are taught in the schools and in the media to revere the sanctity of life of their neighbors–Jews and Christians–THEN and only THEN will they become credible interlocutors.