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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 hints that military action against Israel should be used if Arab Peace Initiative not considered 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 29, 2015
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day interviewed Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Foreign Branches Jamal Muhaisen on the resolutions of the Arab League summit
Muhaisen: “We are approaching the seventh decade of the Israeli occupation of the land of Palestine, occupied since 1948, and the fifth decade of lands occupied in 1967.
If there won’t be an arrangement in the region based on this initiative [the Arab initiative], there will be a different Arab position. This requires a meeting of the Arab generals, ministers of defense, and foreign ministers, so that we can design a new strategy by which we will force the Nazi leadership, which rules the Palestinian people today - a racist leadership with expansionist tendencies - [to surrender]. After all, the world goes into action wherever there is an attack [on innocents] except when it comes to the Palestinian people.”
Fatah official: We have right to fight Israel “through all means,” but “for each method of resistance there is a right time” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2015
Ma’an TV The Ninth Program
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: “In the Fatah political program of the Sixth Conference [in 2009]… it says liberation of the lands and resisting the occupation through all means of resistance. We haven’t omitted any type of resistance. However, we know that for each method of resistance there is a right time and circumstances, which are not right for another method. Since we are interested in a [political] achievement, in a state, freedom, and independence for the Palestinian people, we know what the interests and basic principles of the Palestinian people are. Hence, we want to realize its interests, and not to concede our basic principles. These might be temporary interests or achievements until conditions are ripe to end all other issues...”
Ma’an TV host: “How come that Israel feels secure next to Hamas, places it in the West Bank, accepts its presence and [lets it] control the West Bank like it controlled the Gaza Strip. Like a man placing a snake in his surroundings. Do you think Israel is involved in this?”
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: “For your information, there are snakes without teeth. If Israel didn’t accept the revolution that took place in Gaza, it wouldn’t have taken place… Who among us thought that the Muslim Brotherhood would make a pact with the Americans, as happened in Egypt?…
Who created Al-Qaeda, was it not the CIA? Who established the Islamic State (ISIS)? Who invented [Jabhat] Al-Nusra? Where is Al-Nusra? Al-Nusra is in the Golan. Show me one bullet fired at Israel. They [the Americans] wanted to liberate Afghanistan before liberating Palestine.”

Note: Jabhat Al-Nusra is a branch of Al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon.
Fatah official: “It is the right of our people to use all forms of resistance” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 6, 2015
     “The masses of the Jenin district marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution with a mass celebration on Tuesday [Jan. 6, 2015]. Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki… emphasized that it is the right of our people to use all forms of resistance. In addition, he noted that at this difficult and sensitive stage, we have succeeded, through our popular resistance and our diplomacy, in isolating the Israeli occupation.”
Fatah praises its use of “all forms of resistance according to the national interests” (i.e., including violence) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2015
     “Fatah’s Supreme Leadership Council in the Gaza Strip published a message on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the launch of the modern Palestinian revolution… In a statement published by the Supreme Leadership’s information department, Supreme Leadership Council member and Fatah spokesman in the Gaza Strip Dr. Hassan Ahmad… emphasized that ‘Fatah has made [great] national achievements over the 50 years of its [existence]… by using all forms of resistance according to the national interests. The idea of peaceful popular resistance – the path of resistance Fatah established to [oppose] the occupation’s policy in the field of confrontation – is nothing but an example of the invention of creative methods in addition to all forms of resistance to the occupation and its actions.’”
Fatah Facebook: “Fatah will carry on the struggle in all its forms until the liberation of the land” 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 22, 2014

A Fatah Facebook post contained a video in honor of Fatah's anniversary. This above image is a still picture from the video showing pictures of Arafat and Abbas, with the words: "Fatah will carry on the struggle in all its forms until the liberation of the land and the man."
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Note: The Facebook page where this item was posted, called "Fatah - The Main Page," is an official Fatah Facebook page. The page defines itself as belonging to the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, and the commission's official website links to this Facebook page.
Abbas' advisor: All of "Palestine" will "return" to Palestinians through "resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2014

Friday sermon in the presence of Mahmoud Abbas.
Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: 
"All of this land will return to us, all our occupied land, all our rights in Palestine - our state, our people's heritage, our ancestors' legacy - all of it will return to us even if it takes time. Patience is the key to victory, and we are patient. In terms of resistance, all options are on the table, and in terms of diplomacy as well."
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Fatah leaders calls on Palestinians to “fight” for Al-Aqsa and “liberate it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 8, 2014
     “The national and Islamic factions, forces and activists in the Hebron district took part in [several] well-attended marches yesterday, Friday [Nov. 8, 2014] in support of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. One of the marches, organized by Fatah, left the Al-Hussein mosque after the Friday prayers… under the heading ‘For you, Al-Aqsa.’
Other marches were held in various areas of the district, during which protesters chanted angry slogans against the occupation and calls for support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including: ‘Al-Aqsa’s gate is made of iron, only the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) blood will open it,’ and ‘With spirit, with blood, we will redeem you, Al-Aqsa.’ They [the marches] ended with confrontations with the occupation forces… In a speech held during the march organized by [Fatah] in the city, Fatah Secretary in Hebron Imad Kharwat emphasized the importance of uniting in one rank to defend Al-Aqsa from the occupation’s attacks and the settlers’ constantly recurring invasions of its courtyards. Kharwat said: ‘All the Palestinian factions and forces throughout the homeland and the diaspora must awaken to defend Al-Aqsa, which is more exalted than any of these, until the words of our late leader Yasser Arafat are realized: A boy from among our boys and a girl from among our girls will raise the Palestinian flag over the minarets and church towers of Jerusalem.’ Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said: ‘More mass popular activity is required in support of Al-Aqsa, for this mosque is the symbol of unity. It unites and does not divide, and it represents the nation’s honor. Let us fight for it to defend it and liberate it from the occupation’s filth.’”
Fatah leader calls for storing weapons for attack that all Palestinians will participate in 
Source: Al-Quds, Oct. 3, 2014
     "Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub stressed that the Palestinian leadership had decided to close the subject of bilateral relations with the occupation (i.e., Israel)... He added that the Fatah Central Committee had decided that future relations with Israel would be as those between an occupier and a people under occupation; that is, between enemies. Rajoub stressed that [although] the Palestinian leadership would not oppose the weapons of the Resistance, 'they must remain in storage, without military demonstrations in the streets, and when there is an attack, the battle will be one in all the Palestinian territories, in which all members of the Palestinian people will participate.'"
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Fatah leader: "The weapon of the Resistance is sacred... we will all fight together" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 30, 2014

Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: "They [Hamas] tell you: 'The weapon of the Resistance'. Brother [Hamas], your weapon, the weapon of the Resistance, is sacred to us. We will not harm it, go after it, or keep track of it. But could you store it away? At the moment of truth, we will all enlist together, we will all fight together."
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PA official: Palestinians have the “right to use all legal forms of resistance” including “armed activity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 7, 2014
Adnan Al-Damiri, official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, was interviewed by Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:] ‘There have been Israeli attempts to blow up the security situation in the West Bank, and a number of internal elements have been competing among themselves [to assist] these efforts. How have you been dealing with this?’
[Official spokesman of the PA Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri:] ‘At the meeting in Cairo (part of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation process), all the factions and parties, without exception, agreed to adopt, at this stage, peaceful, popular resistance as a means of completing the process of [gaining] independence. This, of course, does not annul the Palestinians’ right to use all legal forms of resistance to liberate themselves from the occupation… We do not preach war, but wish to liberate our homeland from the occupation. We can do this with various means, which have been tried in many countries, without rejecting [the option of] armed activity, which none of the Palestinian organizations, including Fatah, has renounced in their regulations.’”
Fatah official: Palestinians are "using all available means": "rockets in Gaza, stones in the West Bank" and "political campaign... in Cairo" 
Source: Al-Jazeera website, Aug. 5, 2014
     ‎“Fatah held a rally in solidarity with Gaza, ‎under the slogan, ‘We are all with the ‎Resistance.’ The movement announced ‎that it supports the resistance in all its ‎forms, and rejects the ‘arrogance of the ‎occupation and the genocide of the ‎Palestinian people.’ Yesterday, after the ‎evening prayer, Fatah brought ‎approximately 3,000 citizens, including ‎activists and senior officials in its Central ‎Committee, to the center of Nablus… ‎Fatah delivered numerous messages ‎through Central Committee member Jamal ‎Muhaisen, expressing explicit and direct ‎support for the Palestinian resistance ‎wherever it may be. In addition, it saluted ‎the members of the resistance in the Gaza ‎Strip, especially the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam ‎Brigades, Hamas’ military wing. ‎Muhaisen told Al-Jazeera Net at the end ‎of the rally that... the ‎nation is waging a campaign using all ‎available means – whether rockets in ‎Gaza, stones in the West Bank or ‎demonstrations in the Palestinian interior ‎‎(i.e., Israel) occupied in 1948, and in the ‎diaspora.‎ He emphasized that the political campaign ‎the Palestinians, united under the banner ‎of the legitimate demands and rights of ‎the Palestinian people, are waging in ‎Cairo is no less intense than the military ‎campaign. He said that every military ‎operation has a political goal, and that ‎therefore, the political goals of the ‎Palestinian leadership are the same as its ‎military objectives… The demonstrators carried Palestinian ‎flags and... wore black shirts ‎with the inscription, ‘Palestine resists and ‎we are all Gazans.’”‎

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Official PA daily: Palestinians have the right to employ "all forms of struggle," "especially armed resistance" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist ‎for official PA daily
‎     “There is not a single Palestinian patriot ‎who opposes any form of resistance, ‎especially armed resistance. Firstly, ‎because it is the right of the Palestinian ‎Arab people to employ all forms of struggle ‎until its national goals are realized. ‎Secondly, in 1975, international law (i.e., ‎UN Resolution 3236 of 1974, which ‎reaffirmed the “right of the Palestinian ‎people to regain its rights by all means in ‎accordance with the purposes and ‎principles of the Charter of the United ‎Nations) guaranteed [the right of] ‎Palestinians to employ all forms of ‎struggle. Thirdly, the Israeli occupation ‎and aggression state refuses to accept the ‎option of peace and the two-state solution ‎according to the June 4, 1967 borders, ‎‎[but instead] launches one war after the ‎other, invades and perpetrates the most ‎heinous forms of Holocaust against the ‎Palestinian people in the West Bank, ‎Gaza and the diaspora… In addition, it ‎continues its construction projects in its ‎colonies, through the expropriation and ‎Judaization of lands, rejecting and ‎ignoring international laws and ‎regulations. As long as [this continues,] ‎the Palestinians have the right to defend ‎themselves in all ways guaranteed by ‎international laws and norms.”‎

Note: For a note on PA leaders' use of UN resolution ‎‎3236 to legitimize Palestinian violence, click "full article."
Fatah official quotes Arafat: "An olive branch in one hand and a rifle in the other" 
Source: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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 clash with the issue of Fatah having chosen the path of reconciliation and Hamas, the path of struggle? will you not argue about this issue?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No, no. First of all, brother Ahmed, the current facts are: In the National Reconciliation Document of 2006, we agreed to the Arab Peace Initiative, and to a state within the June 4, [1967] borders, and Hamas signed it.... We began discussing peaceful popular resistance, for the time being. Even after Oslo, we engaged in 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 [PA] security personnel? 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 charter – 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: Like Hamas, Fatah values "armed struggle," but at the right time - "We are a project of liberation, not a project of suicide" 
Source: YouTube, Apr. 24, 2014
El-Hadath, ‎ sister channel of Al Arabiya ‎News, posted an interview with Deputy ‎Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee ‎Jibril Rajoub to Youtube.‎
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “We were the ones who led the ‎armed struggle, and the resistance is still ‎part of our national principles. ‎Nevertheless, we agreed on May 4, 2011 – ‎all factions of the Palestinian activity, and ‎it was [Hamas leader] Khaled Mashaal ‎who read out the plan on their behalf – ‎‎[we agreed] that at this stage, popular ‎resistance was a strategic choice. We are ‎a project of liberation, not a project of ‎suicide. We are a project for the ‎establishment of a state, not a project that ‎won’t lead anywhere, or lead to anarchy. ‎Sir, [armed] resistance is still [in] the ‎genetic code of all Fatah members. But ‎the resistance our people will be able to ‎endure is a resistance that encircles the ‎occupation..."
El-Hadath interviewer: “That is, Fatah is ‎not against the [armed] resistance; it ‎‎[resistance] is one of its principles, but the ‎choice at this time is the negotiation ‎option.”‎...
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “What we agreed upon on May 4 is the ‎political plan for the Palestinian people’s ‎struggle. The Palestinian state is our first ‎priority; popular resistance has the ‎consent of the people... I hope that ‎our brothers in Hamas will understand ‎this, and that they will re-examine [things] ‎to guarantee the unity of our political ‎conduct and our struggle. Resistance as ‎an idea and as [a mode of] behavior is still ‎part of the national and organizational ‎principles of all Fatah members.”‎

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