In discussing the long history of Palestinian double talk and double acting there are some
that are milestones and some that are run-of-the-mill. Below are examples.
Most recently, Mahmoud Abbas used the term, "Zionist Enemy", instead of "Israel" during campaigning..."zionist enemy" being a term that even Yassher Arafat has not used in the last decade. HOWEVER...Prime Minister Abbas wants to make PEACE with Israel.
Statements made by Yasser Arafat after the Oslo Accord PEACE AGREEMENT include:
"In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us sometimes have to grit our teeth. But it is forbidden that this harm the continued struggle against the Zionist enemy. Cooperation and understanding between the P.L.O. and the rejectionist organizations is what will lead to the speedy retreat of Israel from the occupied territories in the first stage, until the establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. Only a state like that can then continue the struggle to remove the enemy from all Palestinian lands."
-Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the P.L.O., in a letter to heads of the rejectionist front in neighboring Arab countries (The Jerusalem Post, 18 November 1994)
Question: "Do you feel sometimes that you made a mistake in agreeing to Oslo?"
Arafat: No... no. Allah's messenger Mohammad accepted the al-Khudaibiya peace treaty and Salah a-Din accepted the peace agreement with Richard the Lion-Hearted.
--Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat in a newspaper interview. Historical background: Muhammad made the Khudaibiya agreement with the Arabian tribe of Koreish. That ten-year pact was broken within two years, when the Islamic forces, having strengthened during the cease-fire, conquered the Koreish. Salah a-Din was a Muslim leader who, after a cease-fire, declared a jihad against the Crusaders and captured Jerusalem. (Al-Quds, 10 May 1998)
Khaled Kishtainy,(1) of Iraqi origin, discussed the leading Muslim ideologues' positive attitudes towards the use of violence in the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsa. Here is how his views were handled by the Non-Violent Political Arab Struggle Conference in Amman, Jordan, according to Kishtainy : "The best proof of what I am saying is the 1984 world congress on 'The Nonviolent Political Arab Struggle' in Amman, that was nothing but hypocrisy and propaganda. In the congress documents in the English [version], they published my speech, but they removed it from the edition in Arabic!!! All this was in an attempt to deceive the Westerners, and not in order to educate the Arabs to peace. "
From the Haaretz Israeli newspaper coverage of the Palestinian election:
"Meanwhile, outside the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian militants shooting from a moving car attacked a group of Israelis, killing one and wounding three, the Israeli military said.
The attack came two days before the Palestinian elections, and just a day after militant leaders in Nablus told Abbas they would support his efforts to reach a ceasefire with Israel. "
From the Canadian House of Commons Debates, not long after the death of Yasser Arafat.
Mr. Russ Powers (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, I would like to share the optimism expressed in the wake of Yasser Arafat's demise that a moderate Palestinian leadership will negotiate a reasonable accommodation of this century old conflict. However, statements in Arabic by Palestinian officials may reveal an agenda of working toward the state of Israel's disappearance.
Last week the Palestinian ambassador to Iran on Al-Alam TV spoke to an Arafat legacy, and the English translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute stated, “And now he is gone...what will surely be the end of this Zionist entity? I will say to you that this entity will disappear one of these days...it's a matter of time”.
The Palestinian ambassador then referred to international restraints and further stated, “Our phased plan is to establish an independent sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. As for deciding the conflict, that's a matter for history”.