13 August '10
“I don’t want my comment on the demilitarization of the uprising to be misunderstood … All I meant is that we are in a phase that does not necessitate arms because we want to negotiate” (Washington Times, December 15, 2004).
“I say to them [the terrorists], this is not the time for this kind of attack” (Washington Times, January 3, 2005).
“A crime against the Palestinian people” (New York Times, July 13, 2005).
“These attacks threaten our national security and undermine our credibility on the international arena” (Jerusalem Post, July 24, 2005).
“These events undermine the truce and calm we had respected” (Reuters, October 17, 2005).
Mahmoud Abbas, who never condemns terrorist attacks as a crime against the Israeli people
And Abbas continues to play games, as Joel Mowbray wrote in 2008:
Discussing the question of whether or not Hamas must recognize Israel, Mr. Abbas explained, I don't demand that the Hamas movement recognize Israel. I only demanded of the [Palestinian] national unity government that would work opposite Israel in recognition of it.
This comment raised eyebrows because it shifted the common understanding of what it means to recognize the Jewish state. Most understand recognition to be fairly straightforward: The acknowledgement of the right of Israel to exist peacefully as a Jewish state neighboring a Palestinian one. Mr. Abbas, however, now defines recognition as acknowledging in a literal sense that an entity named Israel is the country at the other end of the negotiating table.
Every time that Abbas says something that appears to imply recognition of Israel, the statement is either denied later or is simply never repeated in Arabic, when it counts.
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