Arafat's map of Palestine does not
include Israel. This picture is from the
National Unity Coalition for Israel's Web Site.
Yasser Arafat in 1970 said (Washington Post March 19, 1970)
The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromise.
El Mundo, of Caracas, Venzuela reports Arafat as saying (Feb 11, 1980)
Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations. Since Jan. 1965, when Fatah was born, we have become the most dangerous enemy that Israel has...We shall not rest until the day when we return to our home, and until we destroy Israel.
On September 13, 1995 - the same day that the peace agreement ceremony was
held in Washington D.C., Yasser Arafat spoke on Jordan Television:
Since we cannot defeat Israel in war we do this in stages. We take any and
every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish sovereignty there,
and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can
get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.
The late King Hussein was fond of describing Arafat as a man:
Who never comes to a bridge he cant double cross.
U.S. News and World Report quoted Arafat as saying (May 1 1989 p78)
I am not seeking the peace of compromise, but the peace of Saladin.
Arafat in a speech to Arab diplomats in the Spiegel Salon at the Grand Hotel in
Stockholm, Sweden (Jan 30, 1996) said:
We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem. Peres and Beilin have already promised us half of Jerusalem. The Golan Heights have already been given away, subject to just a few details. We will take over everything including all of Jerusalem! We of the P.L.O. will now concentrate all our efforts on splitting Israel psychologically into two camps. Within five years we will have six to seven million Arabs living on the West bank and in Jerusalem. All Palestinian Arabs will be welcomed back by us. If the Jews can import all kinds of Ethiopians, Russians, Uzbekians and Ukranians as Jews, then we can import all kinds of Arabs to us! You understand that we plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian State. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion; Jews will not want to live among us Arabs! I have no use for Jews, they are and remain Jews!"
The above is quoted in Prof Murray Kahl's article - 'Arafat's secret plans for the "total collapse of Israel"'
Former U.S. Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick on Arafat's Goal (The Case Against Arafat ZOA pamphlet)
Arafat's goal, Fatah's goal, has been the destruction of Israel. From time to time it has been clearly stated. It was clarified again recently in the extraordinary interview of Arafat aide Faisal al-Husseini, granted just before Husseini's death and just after Arafat had turned down the generous offer Israel had made to Arafat. The interview, titled "The Oslo Accords Were a Trojan Horse: The Strategic Goal is the Liberation of Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea," was published in the Egyptian daily, Al-Arabic. In that interview, Husseini abandoned the pretext so long maintained that he and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority sought or would ever have settled for anything less than total control of the whole of Israel.
In this interview, the "moderate" Husseini spoke with rare candor about his own and the PLO's goals. He emphasized that the Oslo Accords, however flawed, had served the purposes of Arafat and the PLO. The Accords, he said, had one great merit, they had permitted the PLO to "enter their country." He emphasized, "The Strategic Goal is and must be a Palestinian State from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.... Our ultimate goal is the liberation of all historic Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the Mediterranean Sea, even if this means that the conflict will last for another thousand years or for many generations."
We must continue to focus on the higher goal and never forget it. It is the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea...," Husseini said. He tells us that the Trojan Horse is the mask with which a Palestinian disguises himself and finally, enters Israel in order to seize it.
Article 15 of the Palestinian National Covenant (1968)
The liberation of Palestine, from the Arab viewpoint, is a national duty to repulse the Zionist, imperialist invasion from the great Arab homeland and to purge the Zionist presence from Palestine. Its full responsibilities fall upon the Arab nation, peoples and governments, with the Palestinian Arab people at its head.
Quotes from PA leaders corroborating Arafat:
We shall never allow Israel to live in peace. We shall never allow it total security. Every Israeli will feel that behind every wall there might be a guerrilla who is aiming at me...Farouk Kaddoumi head of the PLO's political department in an Interview in Stern, West Germany on July 30, 1981
Our agreements with the Israelis are like the Trojan horse. I explain to our people that this is the only way to get into the walls of Jerusalem, like the wooden horse the Greeks used against the Trojans.
-- Faisal Husseini, who ran Orient House as Arafat's representative in Jerusalem in an interview with an Egyptian magazine before his death in May 2001 quoted by Amnon Dankner in Ma'ariv, July 13, 2001
...this state will be an independent Palestinian state and will function as a base from which to liberate Jaffa, Akko, and all of Palestine... Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) interview with Al-Safir, Lebanon, Jan. 25, 1988
The right of the Palestinian nation to self-determination is expressed in the exposure and the destruction of the Zionist idea, and of Israel, which is the result of that idea. Sami el Atri, Secretary of the Palestinian Central Committee in an interview with the Kuwaiti paper Al-Kabas March 7, 1978.
We are discussing the current problems and when we speak about Jerusalem it doesn't mean that we have forgotten about Hebron or about Jaffa or about Acre..we are speaking about the current problems that have priority at a certain time. It doesn't mean that we have given up... We have announced a number of times that from a religious point of view Palestine from the sea to the river is Islamic." [Note: Jaffa and Acre are Israeli cities.]
- - Sheikh Ikrima Sabri - The Palestinian Authority appointed Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine on Palestinian Television, 11 January 2001
Even if agreements were signed [regarding] Gaza and the West Bank, we will not forget [the currently Israeli cities of] Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, the Galilee Triangle, and the Negev. It is only a question of time.
- - Dr. Ahmed Abu Halabiah, Palestinian Television, 13 October 2000
All of the agreements entered into [with Israel] are temporary, until the decree comes from Allah and until the destiny from Allah is realized.
- - Dr. Muhammed Ibrahim Madi., Palestinian Television, 28 July 2000
Our war with Israel and the Jews has not ended and will not end until the establishment of a Palestinian state on the entire land of Palestine.
PA Legislative Council member Sa`adi Al-Karnaz, in an interview on Palestinian television, December 2, 1997
We exaggerate when we say 'peace'... what we are speaking about is 'Hudna', a temporary ceasefire.
-- Arab Knesset Member Abdel Maleh Dahamshe, Palestinian Television, 1 September 2000
Zayid Wahba, Arafat's Fatah commander in Lebanon in as-Safir in January 1989
When we call for the establishment of a Palestinian state on any part of the land of Palestine-that does not mean we have relinquished our historic rights in all of Palestine.
The chairman of the PLO parliament in late December 89 said:
We also aspire for [all of Palestine]. However, in light of the current international political state of affairs, we are working within available possibilities and afterward we will demand more.
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