PA daily: Netanyahu "invented" a kidnapping "story" out of a "crazed ambition" to prevent a Palestinian state
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
“Israel, which embarked on this war over a month ago – [this war] which culminated in a bloody attack in Gaza ten days ago – had been negotiating with the PLO, and these negotiations were being conducted with the mutual consent of both sides and under the patronage of Israel’s greatest ally, the US…
But suddenly, Netanyahu overturned the table, torpedoed the negotiations, and invented, together with his [security] forces, a vague story – the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli youths – and Israel hastily and madly initiated a war that had been planned [from the start].
Why? Why torpedo the negotiations? Why this frenzied and bloody attack? ...
The answer has become clear, transparent and visible to all: Netanyahu wants to circumvent the idea of the Palestinian state and remove from discussion the section on the [Palestinian] state. Are he, his army and his state capable of realizing this crazed ambition? I say to you: No, a thousand times no, because Israel – with whom we have chosen [the path of] peace and negotiations – knows that there is always another option! This is what Israel’s founding leaders knew, and this is what [today’s] Israeli leaders know, despite their racist madness – and Israel’s allies know it [too].
There is always another option: the option of violent struggle, the armed struggle. And this is a legitimate option for a people under occupation. We, the Palestinians, have been among the most prominent symbols [of armed struggle] in the world; more importantly, we introduced innovations that had been previously unknown, and developed its methods in a way consistent with the unique characteristics of our cause!”
Note: On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while they were hitchhiking in the West Bank. Israel responded to the kidnapping by conducting house-to-house searches in Hebron and arresting hundreds of Hamas members. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
Subsequently, Hamas began firing hundreds of rockets at Israel. Israel responded with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel. This article was published during the 2014 Gaza conflict.