PLO Rep: 'We will drive Israel out of Palestine'
JERUSALEM, Israel - In an interview on Lebanese television, Palestinian Authority (PA) official Abbas Zaki said the PLO phased plan will culminate by driving Israelis out of all of "Palestine."
Excerpts from NBN TV's interview with Zaki, the PA's representative in Lebanon, aired on April 9.
MEMRI provided translated excerpts from Zaki's remarks, which can be viewed here.
"We believe wholeheartedly that the right of return [of Palestinian refugees] is guaranteed by our will, our weapons and by our faith," Zaki said.
"The use of weapons alone will not bring results, and the use of politics without weapons will not bring results," said the PA representative.
"We act on the basis of our extensive experience. We analyze our situation carefully. We know what climate leads to victory and what climate leads to suicide," he said.
"We talk politics, but our principles are clear. It was our pioneering leader, Yasser Arafat, who persevered with this revolution when empires collapsed," Zaki said.
"Our armed struggle has been going on for 43 years, and the political struggle, on all levels, has been going on for 50 years," he said.
"We harvest UN resolutions, and we shame the world so that it doesn't gang up on us because the world is led by people who have given their brains a vacation -- the American administration and the neocons," he said.
"The important thing," the PA official said, "is that Israel will pay a price….I salute any operation that makes Israel pay a heavy price," he said.
"The PLO is the sole legitimate representative [of the Palestinian people] and it has not changed its platform one iota.... Let me tell you, when the ideology of Israel collapses, and we take, at least, Jerusalem, the Israeli ideology will collapse in its entirety, and we will begin to progress with our own ideology, Allah willing, and drive them out of all of Palestine," he said.
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