Palestinians threaten war if demands not met at summit

Monday, October 08, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Senior Palestinian officials closely affiliated with "President" Mahmoud Abbas have warned that if their demands are not met in full at an upcoming US-hosted peace summit, a renewed terrorist offensive against Israel could be launched.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post last week, Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the parliamentary list for Abbas' Fatah party, warned that if the summit scheduled to take place in Annapolis, Maryland next month does not "result in something positive, the repercussions will be more dangerous than what happened after the failure of Camp David."

In 2000, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat approximately 98 percent of the lands he was demanding in return for a peace agreement. Arafat rejected the offer, and less than two months later the Al Aqsa Intifada, also known as the "Oslo War," was launched against Israel. That uprising is now known to have been planned in advance by Arafat and his regime.

The Palestinians regularly use the threat of violence to blackmail Israel into making concessions with its security and biblical birthright.

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