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Violence-Diplomacy strategy
Palestinian leaders from both Fatah and Hamas argue that terror -- including suicide terror against Israel, which they call “resistance” or “armed struggle” -- is a valid political tool and should be combined with diplomacy. They refer to violence as “seeding,” which is followed by diplomacy; i.e. stopping terror in order to let diplomacy reap the fruits of the terror. Palestinians have argued that in recent years this tactic has proven to be a successful strategy.

Fatah say that Yasser Arafat represents the model, the “expert on the timing of seeding the [armed] struggle and reaping diplomacy.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2006]. Hamas argues that it has succeeded: “Praise to Allah, we [Hamas] have demonstrated glowing success in combining diplomacy and resistance.” [Hamas representative Ayman Taha, Al-Rissala, May 17, 2007].

Most importantly, the use of Palestinian terror is seen as a function of its profitability and the PA’s capabilities. As former Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei (Abu Alaa) said in August 2010 when asked if the Palestinians should be using armed “resistance”:
"I see and analyze. And if it [resistance] gives me [benefit] without costing me, yes." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2010].

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has expressed this sentiment as well: "Now (in 2008) we are against armed conflict because we are unable. In the future stages, things may be different. I was honored to be the one to shoot the first bullet in 1965 [Fatah terror against Israel began in 1965], and having taught resistance to many in this area and around the world, defining it and when it is beneficial and when it is not... we had the honor of leading the resistance. We taught everyone what resistance is, including the Hezbollah, who were trained in our [Fatah] camps." [Al-Dustur, Jordan, Feb. 28, 2008]

Palestinians across the political spectrum state that “armed resistance” is a valid tool. Moreover, if after the current stage of negotiations the Palestinians feel that they have not achieved their political demands, they will return to violence -- as soon as it is beneficial and they are able.
Fatah official quotes Arafat: "An olive branch in one hand and a rifle in the other" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2014
Q: “[As of now, Israel’s Operation ‎Protective Edge has claimed] over 120 ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded 900, and ‎at the official level, Fatah is still adhering ‎to the negotiations. Is that really the ‎movement’s position?”‎
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas ‎Zaki: “First of all, what is happening in ‎Gaza is a very large operation. The enemy ‎has crossed all boundaries of human ‎‎[behavior], and I don’t believe Fatah is ‎relying on negotiations with this ‎savage…”‎
Q: “What is Fatah’s official position on the ‎Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military ‎wing), who are launching rockets at the ‎Israeli settlements? There are figures ‎according to which Fatah in Gaza has ‎launched over 200 rockets.”‎
Abbas Zaki: “Our eyes are now turned ‎toward Gaza, and the unity of the factions ‎is very necessary... No one in Gaza will ‎look on from the sidelines and sit by idly. ‎Gaza is at war and is living under fire, and ‎whoever disavows‎ the resistance is no ‎member of Fatah‎...
We Palestinians have an international ‎decision regarding our right to defend ‎ourselves, even by means of armed ‎struggle, but we won’t use the [armed] ‎struggle unless it suits the situation and ‎helps and exacts a high price from the ‎enemy during the campaign. ‎
We don’t want to say we are against it.
‎Yasser Arafat went to the UN and told ‎them, ‘an olive branch in one hand and a ‎rifle in the other.’ He didn’t say ‘just a rifle;’ ‎but also the green branch... Mahmoud Abbas is ‎experienced. We don’t want words, we ‎want deeds."

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Official PA daily promotes "resistance in all its forms – from the bullet ‎to the stone, the slogan and the poem, to ‎political and diplomatic activity" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2014
     ‎“The Israeli occupation knows better than ‎anyone else that the most efficient ‎resistance is resistance in all its forms – ‎from the bullet to the stone, the slogan ‎and the poem, to political and diplomatic ‎activity, even cultural activity, through ‎humane statements of resistance, which ‎strive for truth, justice and beauty… The ‎President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized, ‎through his official spokesman Nabil Abu ‎Rudeina, that ‘our people will not sit idly ‎watching the unrestrained massacre of ‎our children, wives and elderly. It is our ‎people’s right to challenge aggression ‎and protect ourselves by all legitimate ‎means.’ From such a precise, clear, ‎reliable, and legitimate position, we learn ‎that we are moving towards the option of ‎challenge and resistance, in all their ‎legitimate forms…”‎

Note: This article was published as Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Official PA daily: The Palestinian "lacks military capacity" and therefore turns to the UN, but "without forfeiting its resistance using all available means" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fathi Al-Bis, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "With the excuse of the disappearance of three settlers (i.e., On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank.) who were on a land which did not belong to them, while robbing and challenging the owners of the land, Israel does as it pleases in the West Bank, and threatens Gaza... The Palestinian knows that at the moment, he lacks military capacity, but he [also] knows that the nations of the world are becoming disgusted by Israel's arrogance and racism, and that its isolation is now only a matter of time.
Therefore, he [the Palestinian] turns to the world, from the [UN] Security Council to all the UN institutions, asking for protection from the arrogance of power and savage racism, which it needs and deserves - without forfeiting its resistance using all available means, with its modest capabilities, first among which is resolve on the ground, patience and endurance...
The Palestinian, with [his] Arab loyalty and identity which knows no sectarianism, confronts Israel. He observes with sadness the flames that surround him and that divert the people of the Arab nation from the duty of the basic and central confrontation, which is with the barbaric Israel. He looks forward to the day when the flames of [this] abhorrent sectarianism will be extinguished, so that everyone will be free to bury the [Israeli] myth that is being lived by the bloodthirsty, helmet-clad and rifle-bearing soldier out of the self-deception that this is the way to protect his existence and security. But the soldier of the helmet will not win and will continue to live in fear."
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Fatah defends Abbas' condemnation of kidnapping, claims he spoke for diplomatic reasons 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 18, 2014
Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page” posted a response to the criticism PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has received for his speech to the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries in which he condemned the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, who were abducted on June 12, 2014:
     “People, think just a little logically, do you know what the re-arrest of the prisoners who were released in the Shalit deal means?
Do you know what the arrest of hundreds [of people] – and the operation is still going on – and the threat of their expulsion and the demolishing of their homes means?
Do you know what a difficult and destructive battle awaits the Gaza Strip?
Do you know how many assassinations are expected along the way?
Do you know what a siege of the West Bank cities and their dismemberment means?
Do you know what tightening the economic blockade once again and cutting the power means?
[And do you know the meaning of] the arrest of wanted persons whose status has been resolved, and many additional matters?
This was the intention of the President’s [Abbas’] speech, to make sure Israel does not get a chance [to carry out the above] and to curb its killing, destruction and devastation, in order to tell the world we are fulfilling our obligations.
I know there are those who will be angry and criticize this speech – and that’s natural – and there are those who will beat drums, play the flute (i .e., cause a disturbance, protest), accuse [the President] of treason and use this opportunity to attack the President. They will not rejoice for long, because people will soon understand the correctness of the President’s speech and position.”
Hamas official: Fatah recognizes Israel "on the political level" but not an organizational level; its real position is "very close to Hamas' position" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2014
     “Deputy Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Dr. Musa Abu Marzouq said Fatah’s weight in the PLO has helped it become the organization’s backbone. He noted that there was no connection between recognition of Israel and the positions of the factions, and that Fatah’s [recognition], for example, expresses the political level and not the level of the organization, which does not recognize Israel and still adheres to the armed struggle. In addition, he noted that [Fatah’s] political position is very close to Hamas’ position, and explained that the real unity will be reflected through the PLO and not the PA Parliament (Legislative Council), and that no alternative to the organization enjoys international and Arab recognition.”
Fatah official: "We haven't abandoned our strategy... of armed struggle... but the current stage is of peaceful resistance and negotiations" 
Source: Al-Jazeera, May 1, 2014
Al-Jazeera interviewed Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “We in the Fatah movement haven’t abandoned our strategy, through which we taught the parties of the region – all the parties of the region – the meaning of armed struggle.”
Interviewer: “[So] this reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas] and this agreement don’t deal with the issue of Fatah having chosen the path of reconciliation and Hamas, the path of struggle? Don’t you argue about this issue?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No, no. First of all, brother Ahmed, the facts at this time are: In the National Reconciliation Document of 2006, we agreed to the Arab Peace Initiative, and to a state within the 1967 borders, and Hamas signed it... Now, we’ve begun talking together about peaceful popular resistance. Even after Oslo, we entered into armed struggle with Israel. Have we forgotten that in the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), over 4,000 Martyrs (Shahids) fell – most of them from among the Security Forces (i.e., Fatah)? Have we forgotten this?”
Interviewer: “Meaning, Fatah hasn’t ruled out the option of armed resistance?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No. We haven’t ruled it out. Read our regulations – we haven’t ruled it out, but the current stage is the stage of peaceful resistance and negotiations. If we are forced to return to the other forms [of struggle] – to violence and so on – Israel will be responsible for that – since it didn’t abide by what it had signed – and the United States, which favored Israel and shirked the decisions of the international institutions.”

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Hamas official to Fatah: We are "in favor of diplomacy," but our future is with "Jihad and resistance" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Apr. 30, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a speech by Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal
Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal speaking over the phone:
“These Martyrs… after their bodies returned, we are told: Jihad and resistance are the path, and there is no other path. Yes, I say to my brothers in Fatah and to my brothers in all the factions… our choice is resistance, our path is Jihad and resistance, our path is the rifle. Yes, we are in favor of politics, in favor of diplomacy, in favor of persecuting Israel in the international arena, and bringing it to trial on the platforms of the UN and its organizations, but our brothers in the [Palestinian] Authority, our brothers in the Palestinian presidency, in the Fatah movement and all the factions – the history that created us, that created our factions and symbols, was nothing other than Jihad and resistance… We have nothing to commemorate us, we have no honor, no history and will have no future other than with Jihad and resistance. During [Jihad and resistance], and in the shadow of the strategy of resistance, the other operations will grow in strength. Politics will be strengthened, diplomacy will be strengthened, activities and populism will be strengthened. This is the path, brothers!”
Fatah official: “Armed resistance is a right" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 9, 2014
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day hosted Fatah political advisor Dr. Husam Zamlat.
Fatah political advisor Dr. Husam Zamlat: “There is a real, strategic Palestinian attempt, entitled ‘popular resistance.’ This popular resistance is a right, and armed resistance is a right, and all [forms of] resistance are a right. The form of resistance is not binding. The people and its leadership choose the most efficient form according to the need.”
Official PA TV host: “Peaceful popular struggle at this stage … two years from now, we’ll say we want to wreak havoc in the land’” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2014
Official PA TV Program Speak Plainly hosted Hamas Member Ismail Radwan and Fatah Member Abdallah Abdallah. On the phone was former Israeli-Arab MP Taleb Al-Sana.
PA TV Host Maher Shalabi: “The minimum, according to Hamas – as brother Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas Political Bureau has said, [and as] Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the deposed Hamas government in Gaza, has demonstrated several times – is the 1967 borders, and he has emphasized this, as you have said. [Who knows] what the intentions are after that. Brother, you include Haifa and Jaffa [in the discussion] – and I, Maher Shalabi, sitting here, am I supposed to tell you I don’t want them?! Brother, we will take them. But, Doctor, there is a logic that says: the strong perform disgraceful acts, and those who are unable [to overcome their enemies] must bide their time and they will dwell on this land; so let’s talk according to reason and the chief interests of the land. The minimum, for now, which all [our] people’s factions have agreed on, is peaceful popular struggle, at this stage – and perhaps two years from now, we’ll say, ‘no, we want to wreak havoc in the land.’”
Palestinian officials advocate from prison for multiple "methods of resistance, peaceful and violent... economic, political, and cultural" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2014
     “Fatah Central Committee Member Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences planning terror attacks, -Ed.) and Secretary General of the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] Ahmad Sa’adat (serving 30 years for heading terror organization, -Ed.) have issued a call to stop counting on the negotiations with Israel, since they have been proven futile. They called for bolstering the resistance in all its forms and for consolidating the reconciliation according to the Prisoners’ Document (a document signed by five Palestinian prisoners in Israel in 2006 and calling for national unity between the Palestinian factions –Ed.).
The two leaders made [their] statements during interviews conducted by the Journal of Palestine Studies through the prison bars. The [interviews] will be published in the journal’s 98th edition (spring 2014) [parenthesis in source], which will be distributed in hardcover starting the beginning of next week…
Sa’adat rejected limiting the resistance to one form [only]. He emphasized that it is necessary to have ‘the capacity to give preference to one method or another [of resistance] over the other methods in any [given] situation, according to what is required in that situation, or according to the political period.’
He [Sa’adat] said: ‘Proposing popular resistance as an option for struggle does not require choosing [one] preferred method from among the [various] forms and methods of struggle… Limiting popular resistance to peaceful resistance empties it of its revolutionary meaning, since the great popular Palestinian Intifada was a model for popular resistance, and a guide for several distinct forms and methods of resistance: peaceful and violent [resistance]; [resistance] of the masses and factions; economic, political, and cultural [resistance].'"

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Fatah spokesman: "We adhere to armed resistance as well as to popular and political resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 19, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a press conference held by Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf in Cairo.
Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf:
"If I have a weapon, if you’re carrying a gun, can you use it at any time? I’ll decide when I want to use it. When using [it] helps me and achieves my goals, I will use it at the appropriate time and place…
At the [Fatah] movement’s Sixth Convention, it was clearly stated that armed resistance is one form [of resistance], not the only form… All the revolutions in the world adopted prolonged, armed resistance, and it achieved results. We adhere to armed resistance as well as to popular and political resistance. However, it will be used according to the interests of the Palestinian people.”
Abbas' advisor: Israelis "are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on NGOs Sultan Abu Al-Einein: "I am greatly honored to be standing [here] today, so days that are important to us all will never be erased from our memory. In March, [we mark] Palestinian Women’s Day, in March, Palestinian Mother’s Day also occurs, in March [we remember] that dark-skinned young woman from the Shatila [refugee] camp [Dalal Mughrabi], who would not agree to anything other than to establish her state between Jaffa and Lebanon in her special way; that young woman who fought along with her comrades until her ammunition ran out. Yes, March is honored by this Palestinian blood... They [Israelis] are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice. Let the young people hear me: Allah, honor us with Martyrdom (Shahada). Allah, give us the honor of being part of the procession of Martyrs."
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Fatah official: “The method of struggle we are adopting now is [only] one of the methods of struggle” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony supporting the Palestinian state and national principles in Jericho.
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi:
"A national enterprise cannot succeed without the National Liberation Movement, Fatah. We in this movement have not cast down the rifle and have not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here! The method of struggle we are adopting now (i.e., negotiations) is [only] one of the methods of struggle. But the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment, with a new method and a new leadership. It will burst forth from this [current] leadership if we remain alive, because we are its people; and if we are no longer alive, [then] our sons, our young lions and you will be its people. Revolution until victory, until victory, until victory."
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Fatah youth: We adhere to “all options” of struggle 
Source: Official website of Fatah's Mobilization and Organization Commission, fatehorg.ps, Mar. 10, 2014
     “Fatah’s Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a press release in response to the declarations made by the extreme right-wing Prime Minister of the occupation, Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that President Mahmoud Abbas [publicly] declare his recognition of Israel as a Jewish state at Birzeit University…
Fatah’s Shabiba said that any solution failing to realize the aspirations of our people – a free and independent homeland without the occupation and its herds of settlers; the right of return for refugees according to the decisions of the international institutions and [UN] resolution 194; freedom for our prisoners and the right of our people to full sovereignty over its land and natural resources –would be completely unacceptable. It [Fatah’s Shabiba] called on the international community to take concrete and effective steps to strengthen and implement the decisions regarding the boycott of the occupation and the imposition of sanctions on it. In addition, it emphasized that [our people] should draw inspiration from the experience of South Africa in this area…
Fatah’s Shabiba concluded its message by underscoring its intention to continue the popular resistance in all arenas and its preparedness for all options. It [the movement] called the third generation of Palestinians, after the generation of the grandfathers and fathers, the generation of adherence to principles and resistance.”

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Speaker at Fatah rally: “Negotiations and armed activity are [both] necessary to free the prisoners.” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2014
     “[At a Fatah rally held in Gaza in support of prisoner Fuad Al-Shubaki,] Fatah reiterated its support of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the [PA] leadership. It [the movement] expressed its appreciation of the efforts being made to free the prisoners, and demanded that all legitimate measures be adopted to empty the prisons.
This [support was expressed] during a well-attended rally organized by Fatah in cooperation with the Nidal Al-Amoudi division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, as a sign of solidarity with the prisoner and national leader, Fuad Al-Shubaki…
Abu Muhammad, a spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, said that the Brigades are committed to the promise, and will reach the prisons to free the prisoners…
Muwaffaq Hmeid, director of the Gaza-based Association of Prisoners and Released Prisoners (Husam)… noted that Fatah was the first to kidnap occupation soldiers with the aim of freeing prisoners… He emphasized that negotiations and armed activity are [both] necessary to free the prisoners.”

Note: Fuad Al-Shubaki - a senior PA official serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons into the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karin-A weapons’ ship in 2002.
Fatah official: “International legitimacy allows us to resist with all means” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a program under the heading, “What will happen after the negotiations?”
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Had Fatah not taken decision-making and the Palestinian national will into its own hands using bullets, it would not have been possible for our cause to change from a refugee cause into a statehood cause. I’m not saying that on April 30 [2014] (i.e., when the negotiations with Israel are scheduled to end), we should pick up rifles and take to the streets, but neither do I rule this out – provided that the struggle be a means, and not an end. Therefore, the most important thing for us to do is… start an internal national dialogue to define our national agenda and our national strategy. In addition to the fact that the Palestinian cause, or Palestine as a state, is now on the international agenda, we have achieved something great and important over [the past] 50 years: We have attained moral supremacy over this criminal, fascist, Nazi occupation…
International legitimacy allows us to resist with all the means, including armed struggle – provided that it take place on the occupied lands, against the symbols of the occupation and the occupation, in order to bring about the end of the occupation. But this has to be a practical, realistic choice capable of harming the occupation. At the same time, I’m telling you, there will be those among us who will go out and start heating [things] up right now. Therefore, we must mold the Palestinian national consciousness in order to define the red lines. It is forbidden for anyone to define the Palestinian national agenda.”

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Fatah official: "Resistance, in all its forms, is the legitimate right of occupied peoples" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2014
     “Regarding the recent uproar over [the claim] that Fatah has dropped the armed struggle from its program of resistance to the occupation, [Fatah Central Committee Member Mahmoud] Al-Aloul said: ‘This uproar is completely mistaken. Fatah has confirmed and stated, as part of its political program and also at its last convention, that resistance, in all its forms, is the legitimate right of occupied peoples in their confrontation with their occupiers, and therefore, we have not dropped a single one of the forms of resistance. However, in our opinion, every stage has its own suitable form of resistance, and we have no option other than to resist this occupier, in whatever form the stage demands. Now, at this stage, popular resistance is the appropriate form, and at each stage, we will examine which form of struggle is best suited to it.’”
Fatah official: Movement uses “a variety of means, including military struggle, popular struggle, diplomatic activity… and negotiations” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2014
     “Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi said the movement has not, and will not, lay down its weapons until the national goals of the Palestinians are achieved. He noted that the movement has used a variety of means, including military struggle, popular struggle, diplomatic activity at the UN and negotiations, to achieve these goals.”
Fatah official: “Armed operations serve the negotiations,” “We…have the right to use all forms of struggle” 
Source: YouTube, Jan. 27, 2014
Interview with Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad on Jordan TV’s Third Opinion program.
Jordanian TV host: “Israel made you drop the resistance and is negotiating with you, with no results.”
Al-Ahmad: “No. It can’t make us drop the resistance. There are many forms of resistance; read our publications. Armed operations (i.e., terror attacks) are one form of resistance; political activity is another; the dissemination of information, negotiations, the nonviolent popular struggle – all these are forms [of resistance]. This is the way of all nations. Armed operations serve the negotiations. All freedom movements end up sitting at the negotiating table.”
Host: “In other words, you – the Palestinian Authority – don’t oppose armed resistance to the occupation?”
Al-Ahmad: “Certainly not... We say that we too have the right to use all forms of struggle at the appropriate time, including the other forms of struggle - armed or not armed. At the moment, we are leaning on the nonviolent public struggle. The circumstances of reality, [our] independent capabilities, the objective possibilities, – these are the things that determine the form of struggle: Will it be diplomatic action? Popular resistance? armed resistance? Negotiations? It depends on the circumstances.”
[Jordanian TV Dec. 27, 2013; posted on YouTube on Jan. 27, 2014]

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Fatah official: Negotiations must be reinforced by “armed struggle” 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Jan. 23, 2014
An interview on Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) with Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee:
Tirawi: “There is no way a Palestinian state will be established in the West Bank and [the] Gaza [Strip] within the next twenty years... The negotiations are giving us nothing. The only thing that is possible is [what is called] the ‘sphere of activity’. We – all Palestinian organizations – must return to the ‘sphere of activity’.”
Al-Mayadeen TV host: “What you are saying is important. Let me say that this is new…”
Tirawi: “When we enter the ‘sphere of activity’, I’m telling you: lots of things will change.”
Host: “’Sphere of activity’, that is to say…”
Tirawi: “Resistance... All forms of resistance. My dear brother, what is resistance? Standing firm is resistance; negotiating is a kind of resistance; but there has to be something in the field to aid and reinforce it, right?”
Host: “Weapons.”
Tirawi: “Weapons or popular resistance. There are a hundred ways of resistance. [So] let’s get on with the resistance. But [this doesn’t mean] every organization can engage in resistance in whatever way it wants. It doesn’t work that way. There has to be a Palestinian strategic national plan, one that is acceptable to everyone – both to those in the PLO and to those outside the PLO and which will be implemented by Palestinians. At that point, we will see what method of resistance is appropriate for that stage, and we will act accordingly... What you are hearing from Fatah isn’t anything new... At our Sixth Convention, held in Bethlehem, we did not rule out any of our options for resistance, of which armed struggle is one.”

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