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Fatah official: Abbas only condemned synagogue massacre for diplomatic reasons

Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)  |
Al-Mayadeen TV host: “Was it [diplomatic] pressure that forced the Palestinian President and the PA to take his position condemning the operation (i.e., the Jerusalem synagogue terror attack)?”
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “First of all, I represent Fatah, not the PA. Brother Mahmoud Abbas is the President of the PA, and he speaks diplomatically with diplomats, presidents and leaders, and this is the position of the PA. When I speak, I express Fatah’s position, which in part agrees with the PA’s position, and in part may disagree with it, since Fatah is a mass movement. Its task is to unite the masses, and to be present among the masses... I want to say that our brothers in the Palestinian leadership - brother Mahmoud Abbas most of all - are not acting to satisfy Israel or anyone else...First of all, we want to satisfy our people. First our God, then our people. There are diplomatic issues, international relations and relations with heads of state. These are the things Mahmoud Abbas is talking about.”
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Note: Jerusalem synagogue terror attack - On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security Forces that arrived on the scene.

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