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Editor’s note: Below is the latest profile of Frontpage’s new series, “Voices of Palestine,” which will illuminate the core beliefs, in their own words, of leading figures in the Palestinian death cult. Click the following to view the profiles of Ahmad Bahr, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Ibrahim Mudayris, Yasser Ghalban, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Wafa al-Bis, Mahmoud Abbas, Ahlam Tamimi, Yassir Arafat (Part I and Part II), Abdallah Jarbu, Sheik Ismail Aal Radhwan, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, Yunis Al-Astal, Fathi Hamad, Khaled Mash’al, Ismail Haniya and Abbas Zaki.
Nabil Shaath is a senior Palestinian leader who has held several influential positions in the Palestinian Authority (PA): chief negotiator, cabinet minister, Palestinian International Co-operation Minister, Planning Minister for the PA, and Acting Prime Minister of the PA. Born in 1938 in Safed, British Mandate of Palestine, Shaath joined the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1970. He became head of the PLO Planning Center from 1971-1981, and in 1974 he accompanied Yasser Arafat in the first PLO delegation to the United Nations. He is currently a member of the Fatah Central Committee in charge of International Relations, where he often is portrayed as a “moderate.” Evidence presented here demonstrates he is not.
Despite all misinformation to the contrary, the futility of negotiations between the Arab-Palestinians and the Israelis hinges on the Palestinians’ categorical rejection of Israel’s right to exist; certainly not as a Jewish state. Second, the Palestinians remain steadfastly committed to the annihilation of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic Arab Judenrein, as most recently represented by the attempted reconciliation between Fatah and the genocidal terrorist organization Hamas. Hamas’s founding charter not only calls for the destruction of Israel, but also the genocide of all Jews.
Although the fact fails to be acknowledged by some, the so-called “moderate” Fatah party leading the PA shares Hamas’s objectives, and Shaath’s own words expose this common cause. “The Palestinian Authority will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state,” he declared on September 8, 2010. “Such a declaration would directly threaten the Muslims and Christians in Israel and prevent Palestinian refugees, who left their homes and villages a number of decades ago, from being granted the right to return to them,” he added. The “right of return” that Shaath mentions is little more than a tactic to demographically destroy the Jewish character of Israel.
On July 13, 2011, Shaath made where he stands even clearer in an ANB TV (Lebanon) interview. (This was when hopes were still high among Palestinians that they could get the United Nations to recognize their independence unilaterally). “At the end of the day, we want to exert pressure on Israel in order to force it to recognize us and leave our country,” he said. “This is our long-term goal.”
But what exactly does Shaath mean by “leave our country”? Shaath answered this question clearly by declaring in a television interview that the “French initiative reshaped the issue of the Jewish State into a formula that is also unacceptable to us–two states for two peoples. They can describe Israel itself as a state for two peoples, but we will be a state for one people. The story of two states for two peoples means that there will be a Jewish people over there and a Palestinian people here. We will never accept this.” In other words, a one-state solution, without Israel.
During an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on September 26, 2011, Shaath once again revealed his views regarding the Jewish State. When he was reminded that the “Quartet” of peace negotiators (the U.S., European Union, Russia and the United Nations) and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisted on negotiations without pre-conditions, Shaath focused exclusively on Natanyahu. “Yes he can afford to say that,” Shaath remarked. “He has been in full occupation of our country for years, 62 years.” That is to say, the entire existence of Israel is an “occupation.” On the other hand, he was more deceptive when he was reminded that, despite his contention that the PA recognizes Israel’s right to exist, it is attempting to reconcile with Hamas, whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction. “Well I don’t know about Hamas and I don’t know about charters…we are not particularly interested in charters, we are interested in what people do on the ground.”
For the record, the latest events “on the ground” included Hamas once again firing five Kassam rockets into Israel late last week, followed by two more containing phosphorus, after Israel attacked the original rocket launchers. Since the Israelis unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, more than 7,000 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel. Furthermore, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) estimates Israel is likely to come under fire from 8,000 rockets and missiles if war breaks out this year.
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