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 official emphasizes that Fatah never “abandoned the rifle” in response to Hamas criticism of Fatah 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Aug. 11, 2015
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Brigades are attacking Amin Maqbul and saying: The gun is not for election propaganda purposes, and Fatah never abandoned it”
     “Commander of the Al-Amoudi division of the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades Majdi Matar ‘Abu Ahmad’, strongly attacked some of the members of the Fatah movement leadership, after statements they made regarding [Fatah’s] Seventh Conference, according to which the conference might debate a return to armed struggle or resistance to the occupation in all its forms. Abu Ahmad considered this an insult to all Fatah people and to the Fatah rifle, which has not been abandoned since the beginning of its activities, and the battles are witness to this. Abu Ahmad said in a statement to the press that the Fatah rifle is not for decoration at celebrations and mass weddings intended for election purposes. Your self-marketing for the elections is known now even to the smallest Fatah member, and thousands of prisoners, the injured and the Martyrs (Shahids) are the greatest proof that the movement continues its armed struggle,’ he said. Abu Ahmad added: ‘You won’t be able to purify yourselves with the gun you fled from out of fear for your privileges.’”

Palestinian umbrella organization: “All options are open to our people” and Israel is “a legitimate target of resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2015
Headline: “Ramallah and El-Bireh forces: ‘Expressions of the occupation’s presence on our land are legitimate targets for resistance’”
      “National and Islamic forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district… emphasized in an announcement they issued after their meeting in Ramallah yesterday [Aug. 9, 2015] afternoon, that all options are open to our people and its forces in order to deal with the terror of the occupation state and its striking arm in the Palestinian territories, namely, the herds of settlers, who do as they please with everything Palestinian as part of the ethnic cleansing plans to empty the land of its owners.
The forces emphasized that the occupation, in all its expressions and modes of existence on our land, is a legitimate target of resistance for our people, and the daily [Israeli] acts of killing will not go unpunished. Likewise, they stressed that the illegal settlements on our land are centers of aggression and massacres against our children, and are factories of death and intimidation against Palestinian villages, which makes it necessary to deal with this aggression with all possible means specified in international law for a people under occupation.”

Fatah official: Fatah believes in "resistance in all its forms," which includes "armed resistance" 
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London newspaper), Aug. 10, 2015
     “[Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul revealed in an interview to Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will remain at the head of the movement in the near future. Likewise, he emphasized that the political program which the approaching Seventh General Conference of the [Fatah] movement will adopt the option of resistance in all its forms to confront the occupation...
Al-Quds Al-Arabi asked if Fatah will make any changes to the political plan that the Sixth Conference adopted in 2009. Al-Aloul stressed that the program will almost certainly go through a ‘development process,’ but that its essence will not change. He added: ‘The political program will be developed, but we will retain the political declaration that appeared in the introduction to the program in the previous conference. Regarding this, he emphasized that the Fatah movement will continue to define itself in its program and in its internal charter as a ’national liberation movement which is fighting for the liberation and independence of its people.’ Likewise, he stressed that the political program will emphasize that the Fatah movement ‘believes in resistance in all its forms as part of the plan to confront the occupation.’ From Al-Aloul’s words it can be understood that Fatah, which has adopted the option of armed resistance since the 60s of the previous century, has still not abandoned this option, despite the fact that at the moment it is implementing the option of ‘popular resistance.’

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Fatah official: Palestinians will "open all of the options in the conflict with the enemy" 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, July 29, 2015
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on NGOs and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein

Posted text: “Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein stated that the Israeli enemy only understands the language of confrontation, and that we need to remain completely alert and prepared to deal with every attack. Abu Al-Einein added that Israel has a policy of organized assassinations against our youth and cold-blooded murder under false pretexts...

Abu Al-Einein said that in the shadow of Arab silence and the international tendency [to favor Israel], the Palestinian people will not continue to be silent, but rather will open all of the options in the conflict with the enemy, in order to protect its land, children, and resources.”

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights director supports armed struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2015
Headline: “Raji Al-Sourani: The UN report regarding the war in Gaza provided all that we want as Palestinians”
     “The moment the UN report regarding the war against Gaza last summer [2014] was published, Israel immediately attacked it strongly, while the responses of the Palestinians regarding the report ranged from blessings to those who said it compares the victim and the hangman.
In order to examine this report and the other legal matters pertaining to the Israeli aggression and the occupation’s violations against our people, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida met with Palestinian Center for Human Rights Director Attorney Raji Al-Sourani…
Regarding the benefit of pursuing the leaders of ‘Israel,’ Al-Sourani stated: ‘We are in a battle that requires us to use all of the weapons at our disposal: humanitarian, legal, ethical, armed struggle, and ending in the freedom flotilla, as there is nothing better than having the elite of the international community coming to you on a flotilla in order to support you and your cause.’”

PA daily columnist: Rock throwing legitimate under international law, which allows resisting occupation “through all available means” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2015
     "There is not a more criminal law than the recent Israeli law, which increases the punishment for rock throwing in Jerusalem to imprisonment of up to 20 years. This law will not prevent resistance to the occupation through use of the weakest means, which is rock throwing, since a rock is not a deadly weapon. However, the occupation and the rightist Israeli Parliament (Knesset) have chosen a punishment which is inappropriate to the act, an act that is permitted from an international perspective as long as there is occupation, since international law permits whoever is under occupation to resist through all possible means. However, Israel does not consider itself an occupying force in Jerusalem, and therefore it has passed this criminal law against those who are under occupation. However, it doesn't matter how severe the punishment, it won't prevent the resistance to the daily attacks of the settlers, and it will not scare anyone. Indeed, it is actually a call to escalate the conflict, since if the punishment for rock throwing is equal to the punishment for shooting, whoever wants to throw [rocks], will reconsider and look for a firearm, as long as the punishment is the same. Therefore, the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) is responsible for any blood spilled in Jerusalem, since this law encourages the use of weapons instead of rocks."
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PA Parliament member encourages "an all-out popular Intifada" alongside "diplomatic actions" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 9, 2015
Headline: “Abu Laila emphasizes the importance of the petition to the International Court”
“Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (DFLP) and [PA] Parliament Member Qais Abd Al-Karim ‘Abu Laila’ said that our people will not stand idly by while the occupation government expropriates lands and expands the settlements located on our land…
He added: ‘Our people will oppose the actions of expanding the settlements and stealing land that the occupation authorities are committing by broadening the popular resistance against the occupation on the way to an all-out popular Intifada, which will cause it troubles and great losses and force it to leave. This is alongside a continuation of the diplomatic actions and the petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC).’”

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:
     “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 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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Fatah official: "Popular uprising continues" but "conditions are not yet ripe for intifada" 
Source: Al-Akhbar, Lebanese daily, Aug. 19, 2014
Headline: “An interview with Abbas Zaki” 
Q. For the first time, the Palestinians are united behind their demands, but the negotiations have dragged on for two weeks. What is going on?
[Member of Fatah Central Committee and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki:] ‘In the past few days the ideas that have come up for discussion have not progressed, because they have not accomplished their goal; every idea was either vague or had a catch. Israel is experienced at evading an admission of defeat. For example, they condition the ceasefire on the cessation of hostilities, as though the legitimate struggle for the liberation of the land constitutes aggression.
They also conditioned our right to an airport and seaport, and even the rebuilding [of Gaza], on the disarmament of the resistance. The delegation refused this, and the Egyptian brothers did not repeat this request…’
Q: The occupied West Bank tried to demonstrate presence through shooting operations and confrontations through rocks. What about the possibility that a third intifada will break out?
[Zaki:] ‘What is happening in Jerusalem and the West Bank is a mass uprising, necessitated by the crimes being carried out by the gangs of settlers and the [Israeli] soldiers. As if history repeats itself, new price tag militias are based on the models of the Lehi, Etzel, and Hagana from the period of the establishment of the state, [David] Ben Gurion who gave the order to carry out massacres under the slogan “Let us defeat the Arabs through fear.” The popular uprising continues, but there are cautious expressions of armed resistance in the West Bank. The conditions are not yet ripe for intifada.’”

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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.”‎

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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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