The Jewish Week: Fatah’s Record
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October 3, 2007

Fatah’s Record

The Jewish Week (08/31/2007)
By Morton A. Klein


You write that “many Israelis who favored the dis­engagement now believe that it was a mistake to have made the move unilaterally, without any involvement of or support from the Palestinian Authority” (Editorial, “One And Two Years Later,” July 27)

That may be so, but more to the point is the fact that any further concessions to the Palestinian Authority (PA), whether coordinated with it or not, would be a mistake that would yet again cost Israel dearly.


To this day, Fatah’s constitution labels Zionism rac­ism (Article 7) and calls for the destruction of Israel (Article 12) and the use of terrorism as an indispens­able part of the struggle to achieve that goal (Article 19), In case anyone had doubts, Abbas confirmed on Oct. 3 last year in an ‘Al-Arabiya’ (Dubai) television interview that, “It is not required of Hamas, or of Fatah … to recognize Israel.”


Abbas staunchly supports to this day the “right of return,” a legally baseless claim for the inundation of Israel with Palestinian refugees and their millions of descendants, which is obviously incompatible with Israel’s continued existence. He has refused to imple­ment signed Palestinian commitments to fight, arrest, extradite and jail terrorists and end the incitement to hatred and murder in the Palestinian Authority-con­trolled media; mosques, schools and youth camps that feed it. Indeed, Fatah has murdered some 500 Israelis in the past seven years, about the sane number killed by Hamas.


For these reasons, it is pointless to expect that Ab­bas and Fatah will conclude a genuine peace agreement with Israel.

Morton A. Klein
National President
Zionist Organization of America


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