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Violence-Diplomacy strategy
Palestinian leaders from both Fatah and Hamas argue that terrorism -- including ‎suicide terror against Israel, which they call “resistance” or “armed struggle” -- is a ‎legitimate political tool. PA leaders quote UN resolution 3236, which "recognizes the ‎right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all ‎means" as including violence against civilians. However, the PA ignores the ‎continuation of the resolution, which states that the use of "all means" should be "in ‎accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations," ‎which prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. ‎

The PA not only legitimizes its use of violence against Israel, it employs a strategy that ‎combines violence with diplomacy, timing it to achieve optimum political impact. ‎
Fatah Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi explained this policy on Ma’an TV:‎
‎“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, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2015]‎

Muhammad Dahlan, a former Fatah MP, described it as follows:‎
‎“This is our right, our legal right (i.e., referring to the use of violence). The ‎international community affirms it for us. But it is the responsibility of the ‎leadership to use it when it wants, in the proper place and at the proper time. We ‎cannot leave in the hands of youth who use their own judgment. This is the ‎difference between [PA] using this right and just anyone using it.”
[Official Palestinian Authority ‎TV, July 22, 2009]‎
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Since the primary motivation for Palestinian terror is the advancement of political goals, ‎the PA employs a strategy of alternating violence and negotiations. They often refer to ‎violence as “seeding,” meaning that terror is used to inflict suffering and fear on Israeli ‎society and the international community, after which the terror is stopped temporarily, ‎in order to let diplomacy “reap” the fruits of the terror. The ongoing threats of renewed ‎terror are seen by Palestinians as a primary motivation for Israeli leaders to give in to ‎Palestinian demands.‎
Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf explained:‎
‎"Fatah… [is] the only movement that successfully employed all types of ‎resistance in order to achieve the goal… Fatah did not say that its only option ‎was armed struggle. We always said, 'the rifle sows and diplomacy reaps.'... The ‎rifle always had one target, and it was a political target: achieving the ‎Palestinian people's goals of freedom and independence. That is why we went ‎down two parallel paths: armed resistance and political activity.”‎
‎[Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2012]‎

Similary, Diab Al-Luh, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council explained:‎
‎“We have learned in the struggle that there is a stage of planting and cultivation. ‎The struggle of the rifle seeds and the diplomatic struggle reaps. We, the ‎Palestinians, have planted in the many years of our struggle, our Martyrs (Shahids), our wounded and our brave prisoners, who have planted productive ‎seeds.” [Official PA TV, Dec. 5, 2004]‎

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Mahmoud Abbas himself has also stated the importance of timing violence properly. ‎The criterion he stressed was the potential to be successful:‎
‎“Now 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.” [Al-Dustur (Jordan), Feb. 28, 2008]‎

Thus, the use of Palestinian terrorism is determined by its profitability and the PA’s ‎capabilities. Former Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei (Abu Alaa), when asked if the ‎Palestinians should be using armed “resistance,” stated: "I see and analyze. And if it ‎‎[resistance] gives me [benefit] without costing me, yes." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, ‎‎2010]‎

Palestinians across the political spectrum view “armed resistance” as a legitimate ‎political tool. An article in the official PA daily described Yasser Arafat as the champion ‎of this model, and the “expert on the timing of seeding the [armed] struggle and reaping ‎diplomacy.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2006] Hamas has also supported the strategy ‎of alternating violence with diplomacy: “Praise to Allah, we [Hamas] have demonstrated ‎glowing success in combining diplomacy and resistance.” [Hamas representative ‎Ayman Taha, Al-Rissala, May 17, 2007]

The following section documents statements and attitudes on the violence-‎diplomacy strategy, across the Palestinian political sphere:‎
Fatah Facebook: "All means of struggle until statehood," including violence 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Sept. 8, 2013
The Facebook page "Fatah - The Main Page" posted the adjacent picture under the headline "Fatah - All means of struggle until statehood."
The picture of Abbas speaking at the UN represents diplomacy as a "means of struggle." The other two pictures represent the use of violence as a "means of struggle." One shows a man wearing an Arab headscarf throwing a stone, while the other shows a man holding a rifle.
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Fatah official: All forms of “resistance” (i.e., including violence) are “legitimate” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 1, 2013
     “The Third Palestine Popular Resistance Conference talks began yesterday [Aug. 31, 2013] in the village of Qabalan in the Nablus district under the heading: ‘National Unity and a Plan of Resistance for Facing the Challenges.’
In a speech delivered at the opening of the conference, member of Fatah Central Committee Mahmoud Al-Aloul called for spreading the popular resistance attempt as the option chosen by our people at this stage. He emphasized that under no circumstances does this mean that our people have rejected the other options, since resistance to the occupation, in all its forms, is a legitimate right which is guaranteed by international conventions.”

Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that the "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
Fatah official: "We will win... with different forms of resistance" 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Aug. 13, 2013
Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV host: "Tawfiq Al-Tirawi, the truth is, we're talking today about the July Victory (i.e., the Second Lebanon War). You said that you're opposed to the current negotiations. What other option do the Palestinian people or Palestinian leaders have apart from negotiating? Do they have other options?"...
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Al-Tirawi: "There are many options we could turn to, beginning with resistance by political confrontation, [resistance] by stones, and ending with armed struggle and everything in between. I wish to say that given the current balance of power and the current factors, the principle of armed struggle should not be abandoned, nor should the principle of resistance [be abandoned]. I would also like to say to all who say that the Fatah Movement has cast away the rifle: This is not true.
In the political guidelines [determined] in the sixth Fatah Conference [August 2009] held in Bethlehem, the Fatah Movement approved all the resistance options, including the armed struggle. Nonetheless, sometimes there are circumstances, factors and situations when the time is perhaps not right for this type of struggle... We are under occupation and we will resist.
By resisting, the resistance forces were victorious in Lebanon and in several countries, and we say here: We will win, Allah willing, with different forms of resistance - popular resistance, resisting the occupation through political confrontation, resisting it on the international level, as well as armed resistance at any time. We can act in this positive manner for our cause and for our land, Allah willing."
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PLO youth magazine: Resistance is carried out with both the rifle and words 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, July 1, 2013
     “Resistance to the occupation is not carried out with the rifle only, because a word, a drawing, a film, theater, preserving heritage and folklore are also resistance to occupation.”

Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine.
Fatah: Palestinians may use all “legitimate options” to resist Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 20, 2013
Headline: “The Fatah Central Committee opposes all pressure and emphasizes its firm stance regarding the demands of the peace process”
     “During meetings held yesterday [June 19, 2013] in the presidential compound in Ramallah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah Central Committee stated its opposition to all pressure [put on] our people and its leadership…
Central Committee member and official Fatah spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeina… noted that in light of these discussions the Central Committee has emphasized the following: […]
(The article adds that the Committee condemned statements by Israeli MP Naftali Bennet against the two-state solution, and stated that such positions will make international attempts to restart peace negotiations fail.)
In light of this reality, in which the Israeli government operates in the field, the Central Committee emphasizes that the Palestinian people, led by the Fatah Movement, has all legitimate options [at its disposal] as part of our right to resist Israeli occupation and rid ourselves of it forever.”

Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that the "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means." The Fatah Central Committee's reference to "all legitimate options" may be a reference to this interpretation of UN 3236.
PA Minister: “Armed resistance” (i.e., violence) not possible because Arabs lack military power 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 13, 2013
PA TV program Religion and Politics:
Host Moaz Shraideh: “There are some who propose launching a resistance in the Palestinian areas, in the ‘West Bank’ in quotation marks.”
Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “What resistance?”
PA TV host: “Armed resistance. There were some who demanded that you initiate the armed resistance to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and enough with the speeches etc.”
PA Minister Al-Habbash: “Let’s assume, for argument’s sake, let’s assume this. Let’s say we remove all restrictions from the ‘armed resistance’ in quotation marks. From where will the resistance get weapons? From where will it get money in order to fight? From where? Do we have factories to manufacture this?”
PA TV host: “You’ll find a way.”
PA Minister Al-Habbash: “We don’t need to find a way. There is a [Muslim] nation with a billion and a half [people]. We, the entire Palestinian nation, what percentage are we of this nation? And just as I am responsible for Jerusalem, the Saudi Arabian, the Egyptian, the Jordanian, the Iraqi, the Indonesian, and the Moroccan are all responsible for Jerusalem. I resist as much as I can. This resistance can [only] reach the popular civilian resistance’s limit because I don’t have military power.”
Fatah offical: "We don’t say ‘peaceful popular resistance.’ No. We say ‘popular resistance’… We have given everything for peace and we now intend to give everything for the battlefield"  
Source: Official PA TV Live, Apr. 8, 2013
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony honoring outstanding students from the ‘Abu Jihad’ Khalil Al-Wazir class at the An-Najah National University.

Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: “We are on the ground and we are not abandoning the field. Proof of this is that two-thirds of the prisoners in the prisons are Fatah members. This movement is not abandoning the field. We, when we talk about popular resistance, we don’t say ‘peaceful popular resistance.’ No. We say ‘popular resistance’… We have given everything for peace and we now intend to give everything for the battlefield... We must not turn against each other while Israel is against us. First of all, Israel is the main enemy and the remaining hostilities will disappear afterwards.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Fatah official hints at using armed violence as "other option" if peace fails 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 27, 2013
Program: Topic of the Day. Guest: Member of Fatah Central Committee, Dr. Jamal Muhaisen. Topic: Arab League summit in Doha.
     Muhaisen: “No mechanism was established for its implementation and no other option, alternative option, was put in its place in case Israel refuses this, the Muslim-Arab hand that is offered to peace. There is another option which is to force Israel in a different way. It’s obvious what this other way is. The other direction is to use force. Either you want peace or you want the other option, force.”
Palestinians will fight “for liberation using methods of struggle they deem suitable” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 13, 2013
Columnist for official PA daily Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
     “If there is no other option – let the Israeli occupation stay and let the national resistance flags be raised, capable of blocking the Israeli apartheid state’s plans and plots. This is because the Palestinian leadership won’t continue waiting forever for a two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders. Even if it was able to keep on waiting for two decades (i.e., since the Oslo Accords) the Palestinian people won’t allow the leadership to sleep forever on the Israeli-American waiting-pillows, because the Palestinian people’s patience has certain limits – especially when Israeli violations and crimes push it towards a near explosion. When the time comes for the peace process to go under as a result of Israel’s policy, the US conspiring with it and the silence from the rest of the Quartet members… the Palestinian people and its active forces will clear the way for the struggle for liberation using those methods of struggle they deem suitable, according to an evaluation of the situation and of the existing balances of power.”
Fatah strategy: Combine “armed struggle” with “political activism”; “popular resistance” isn’t necessarily peaceful  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2013
PA TV’s Good Morning Palestine interviewed Salwa Hadib, member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council.
     Salwa Hadib: “Fatah has combined [different forms of] national activity – whether it was armed struggle or political activism – from the day it was founded up until today…
From its beginning, Fatah has resisted. [When] we say ‘popular resistance’, that doesn’t necessarily mean peaceful. Similarly, at the Sixth [Fatah] Conference meeting Fatah did not abandon the armed struggle. If [Fatah] finds itself [in a position like that of] the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades who participated in all forms of resistance in the Gaza Strip, then the Fatah Movement won’t give up on military resistance either. Nonetheless, the present period is a clear political campaign to show the world that the Palestinian people is a people that seeks equality, peace, justice, and a state of our own. We are a people with a will. We battle and we struggle with all our strength and in all the ways available to us.
The popular resistance must be daily, every hour in every neighborhood, and not just at the check-points. They must break through the check-points and cross over the fence in order to be real ‘popular resistance.’”
Fatah spokesperson: Fatah’s use of “all types of resistance” is “genius” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2012
PA TV broadcast an interview with Fatah spokesperson Ahmad Assaf:
PA TV interviewer: "What is Fatah's position on struggle and resistance now after 48 years?"
Ahmad Assaf: "It could be that Fatah's genius is in its being the only movement that successfully employed all types of resistance in order to achieve the goal. The anniversary we are now celebrating is the anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian armed struggle. We are proud of this day... Fatah succeeded – through the use of the rifle, through the use of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) and through sacrifice – to convey the voice of Palestine to the whole world... Secondly, Fatah did not say that its only option was armed struggle. We always said, 'the rifle sows and diplomacy reaps.' And a rifle with no political goals is robbery... The rifle always had one target, and it was a political target: achieving the Palestinian people's goals of freedom and independence. That is why we went down two parallel paths: armed resistance and political activity... As you know, the first Intifada that taught the whole world what a people's Intifada should be like, [participation] of a whole nation... it is Fatah who led that Intifada... So you have to coordinate and use all the tools at your disposal and make use of all your advantages to achieve the goal, armed resistance as well as popular resistance… And so, we [started with] armed resistance, [moved to] popular resistance, and to the political resistance that we never abandoned. The goal is to achieve the Palestinian people’s goals, the goals that the Martyrs (Shahids) went forth and died as Martyrs to achieve, those [goals] being a free and independent Palestine on all Palestinian national land. That is why we will continue to employ these types of resistance. We will not abandon any type until we achieve our goals." 
Senior PA leader Rajoub: "Resistance is Fatah's strategic right - in all its forms" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2012
Fatah Central Committee member, Jibril Rajoub:
    
"Whoever invades our territory, will leave in a wooden plank (i.e., in a coffin). This land is our land... Out of loyalty to your blood, Yasser Arafat, you who died during this month, we will not return the sword to its sheath until there is a state... Resistance is Fatah's strategic right - in all its forms... We are ready - if there's shooting, we'll shoot. If there are demonstrations, we'll demonstrate."
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PA daily columnist: "Armed resistance and popular resistance are one single resistance" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2012
Columnist for official PA daily Yahya Rabah:
     “The message that came through clearly from the heart of the [battle] field, and from the heart of the hot resistance is a message – supported by actual proof –stressing that our people is one; the project to bring about the liberation, the independence, and the building of the state, is one single project; their armed resistance and the popular (i.e., non-violent) resistance, are one single resistance; and the path and destiny of [the nation] in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, and in Jerusalem, are the same single path and destiny.”
PA leader Jibril Rajoub: We believe in all forms of struggle, including "the rifle" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2012
Deputy-Secretary of the
Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: 
     “This is a popular struggle. We still believe in all forms of the struggle. No one has removed the rifle from the equation. However, for us, the struggle is a means, and the end is freedom and independence.”
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Fatah official: "Every phase has a particular form of resistance" and armed resistance is still an option 
Source: Wattan TV website, Oct. 8, 2012
PA TV host: "Have the Palestinians, or the PLO, removed from their lexicon the term 'revolution,' in the sense of armed revolution?"
Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Mahmoud Al-Aloul: "No. No one has eliminated armed struggle or resistance as an option. Recently, at the last Fatah conference, there was an important declaration in the Introduction to the Political Program that we considered an integral part of the Political Program and whose important points stated that Fatah, for example, is a national liberation movement, and that Fatah believes that resistance, in all its forms, is the legitimate right of occupied nations when confronting their occupiers. I do not think that there's a single Palestinian who has eliminated resistance, or any form of resistance whatsoever, from consideration, or from his plans. That's in principle and in theory. We have to understand this well: Every form of resistance has certain conditions that are necessary for its use. So every phase has a particular form of resistance best suited to it, and everyone has agreed that at this stage, that form is popular resistance (i.e., non-violent). At the same time, armed resistance has absolutely not been eliminated from anyone's options. It needs a suitable climate not only among us... We hope that what is being spoken of as the "Arab Spring" and changes in the Arab world will create the climate so that the Palestinians can employ it (i.e., armed resistance)."
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Non-violent struggle is "no less important than armed struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2012
Headline: "International lawyer Jonathan Kuttab in meeting on Wednesday – the non-violent struggle, which is being maligned, must become our principal means…"
     "Participants in a meeting on Wednesday reacted enthusiastically to guest [speaker], international attorney Jonathan Kuttab, an expert on non-violent struggle. [Kuttab] reviewed the significance of this [type of] struggle, which in his opinion is 'maligned'… Kuttab said that non-violent struggle is a means of struggle no less important than armed struggle – neither in terms of training and preparation, nor in terms of effectiveness and results – in conditions like those of the Palestinian nation. This is because, in view of the unfortunate condition of our cause, popular resistance is the means, perhaps the only means, of the non-violent struggle that will prove feasible and effective. He explained that sometimes, many people misunderstand non-violent struggle, believing it to be a sort of ceasefire, surrender, or [attempt] to avoid real battles. However, in reality, non-violent struggle is not just refraining from violent means, for it is a multifaceted ideological system based on foundations that differ from – and sometimes are the opposite of – armed struggle. If the armed or military struggle demands the destruction of as many enemy installations as possible while limiting loss of life on one side, the opposite is true of the non-violent approach to struggle: the death of as many victims as possible among the oppressed side (i.e., the Palestinian side) serves to strengthen it, while civilian deaths among the enemy (i.e., among Israelis) diminishes the legitimacy of its struggle."
Fatah official glorifies terrorists as “Martyrs,” praises principle of alternating violence with negotiations 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 8, 2012
PA TV live broadcast of ceremony commemorating anniversary of the death of Ghassan Kanafani – Tulkarem. 

Mohammad Shtayyeh, member of the Fatah Central Committee: 
"We, of the Fatah movement, do not cry over Martyrs. It is natural that a fighter should die as a Martyr, [as did] Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, the Martyr, the symbol Yasser Arafat, and thousands more. But what makes Ghassan Kanafani special is that he died as a Martyr early on, like the Martyrdom-seekers Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, and Abu Ali Iyad…
Today we recall Hani Al-Hassan, who said: 'Military action seeds, and political action reaps.'"

Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) was A founder of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats (March 1, 1973), as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972).
Ghassan Kanafi was a writer and a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah’s terrorist operations and a senior member of Black September. He and Kamal Nasser were killed by Israeli forces in April 1973.
Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar was Arafat's deputy, and commander of operations for the terrorist organization Black September
Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks.
Fatah official: There has been a “form of struggle" for each period, including “weapons,” "stones," and hunger strikes 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2012
Interview with Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, on the PA TV program Palestine This Morning:
     Zaki: "Actually we started a process of organization and precise reconnaissance, in order to start the Fatah revolution, in January '65. From then until today, 48 years of rivers of blood, sweat and tears, we have [had] ups and downs, but the enemy feels, each day that it is regressing. Each period we use a different form of struggle: At one time [we struggle] with weapons, at another time – stones, another time – empty stomachs (i.e., hunger strikes), such that we will defeat this executioner in our battle..."
Abbas: Resistance, including violence, is “determined at each stage by the national interest” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 2012
Abbas speaks on Nakba Day:
     "Unfortunately, what was agreed in Doha [reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas] was opposed by senior Hamas members in Gaza, who prevented its implementation with groundless excuses. They [Hamas] preferred narrow party interests to the supreme national interest, using the word 'resistance' as if there was disagreement about it among Palestinians. I want to remind [them] that resistance to the occupation is a broad all-inclusive concept, with various means and tools, which are determined at each stage by the supreme national interest. It was we [Fatah] who initiated armed resistance for many years, and thanks to it, we obtained recognition of our rights, and [recognition] that the PLO is the legitimate and sole representative of the Palestinian people. That was after the PLO, for many years, was considered a terrorist organization by the US, Israel, and others. ”
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Fatah official: Return to armed struggle (i.e., violence) is an option that has not been abandoned 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 23, 2012
     "Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Azzam Al-Ahmad, said that if Israel continues to maintain its positions rejecting our people's rights, all options – including the armed struggle – are open to us. He added, 'The Fatah movement, which has engaged in the armed struggle since the start of its activity, is ready to return to that option if Israel continues to deny the rights of the Palestinian people - but within the framework of national consensus regarding the use of the armed struggle approach, far removed from conflicts and opportunism.'… He emphasized: 'The Palestinian authority continues in the path of the Martyrs (Shahids) – the prince of Martyrs, Abu Jihad, and the master of Martyrs, Yasser Arafat. We shall fight the occupation through more activity on the ground, and our message to the occupation is that this is our land, and that we will establish more projects on it. This land is ours, it will be ours alone, and the occupation will disappear.'
Concerning the resistance plan, [Al-Ahmad] said: 'We are dealing with an occupation that insists on denying our right to an independent state, and therefore all options are available to us. We are prepared to return to the armed struggle, the approach that has not been abandoned by the PLO since the start of its activity in 1965, when there were those who refused, for many long years, to participate in the resistance. At the same time, we refuse for our rifle to be hired out to any [other] party, whether it be the USA or Iran, because our weapon is national [property], and it has a single aim: the defeat of the occupation, the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and the return of the refugees.'"
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