The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which fills its days translating the things Middle Eastern leaders say to each other when credulous Western reporters aren’t around, just got finished translating an eye-popping interview with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas is what passes for a “moderate” among Israel’s partners in peace. This is what Palestinian “moderation” sounds like:
Mahmoud Abbas: “First of all, let me make something clear about the story of the ‘Jewish state.’
“They started talking to me about the ‘Jewish state’ only two years ago, discussing it with me at every opportunity, every forum I went to – Jewish or non-Jewish – asking: ‘What do you think about the “Jewish state”?’ I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I will never recognize the Jewishness of the state, or a ‘Jewish state.'” […]
Interviewer: “Don’t you think that it was the resistance that managed to liberate a thousand prisoners?
“Negotiations must always be accompanied by a measure of force. There can be no negotiations without resistance. This has been shown by the experience of people – in Ireland and all countries.”
Mahmoud Abbas: “That’s true, but our circumstances are different. We are not able to wage military resistance.
“Hamas kidnapped – or rather, captured – a soldier, and managed to keep him for five years, and that is a good thing.
“We don’t deny it. On the contrary, it’s a good thing that on a small strip of land, 40 × 7 kilometers, they were able to keep him and hide him.” […]
(Emphases mine.) Boy, these guys have certainly learned the lesson that terrorism doesn’t pay, haven’t they?
Naïve U.N. globocrats who can’t wait to force a Palestinian state on Israel might want to meditate on this interview for a while, assuming they can hear Abbas’ evil ruminations over the sound of rockets slamming into Israeli civilians. Did you know that was still happening? For some reason the Western media has completely lost interest, but the Palestinians just launched two days of intense rocket attacks, and the Israelis responded with airstrikes. The UK Daily Mail reports on the “escalating” situation:
Deadly violence between Israel and Gaza militants flared over the weekend.
In earlier exchanges of rockets and airstrikes, 10 militants and an Israeli civilian were killed.
But despite the worst bloodshed in months, both sides have indicated they were interested in restoring calm.
Israeli defense officials are eager to contain the attacks on southern Israel, where more than one million people live within the range of Gaza militants’ rockets.
Israeli defense officials have confirmed that contingency plans have been drawn up for a broad invasion of Gaza to topple Hamas, which would require Israel to reoccupy the territory.
But they said this is a worst-case scenario among many options, and the preference is to restore the calm that has largely prevailed since 2009.
Israel is still releasing prisoners to pay the ransom for Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped Israeli soldier whose abduction Mahmoud Abbas just hailed as “a good thing.” The second phase of the ransom will put another 500 Palestinian “activists” on the street. That should settle things down in Gaza! Then the U.N. can get back to work insisting Israel hand over territory to people who refuse to recognize its right to exist, after which either peace or rocket launchers will surely blossom all over the place.