'Moderate' Abbas: Violence still an option for us

Thursday, February 28, 2008 |  by Staff Writer  

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday violated the Palestinian Authority's primary peace obligation on Thursday when he told a Jordanian newspaper that violence and open warfare remain options for the Palestinians to achieve their goals.

In the so-called "Oslo Accords" that Israel signed with the Palestinians under the auspices of US President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and the various Palestinian groups loyal to them pledged to forever abandon violence in the pursuit of a sovereign Palestinian Arab state.

But in his interview with Jordan's Al-Duster daily newspaper, Abbas revealed that while he "does not support a return to armed struggle at this point in time... at a later date, this could be an option for the Palestinian people."

Abbas went on to boast that he was one of the first to lead Arab terrorism against Israel in an organized fashion.

Referencing the period when his Palestine Liberation Organization, or PLO, occupied southern Lebanon, Abbas reminisced that it was he and Arafat who had taught organized terrorism to other groups throughout the region and the world.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, terrorist groups from around the Middle East, Japan, Italy, Spain and Ireland sent operatives to PLO camps in Lebanon to receive instruction in bomb-making, airline hijacking and other terrorist methods.

One of the recipients of that training, Abbas said with pride, was Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia.

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