In a speech marking the fourth anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told those gathered in Ramallah on Tuesday that they must continue on the path blazed by some of the world's most notorious terrorists over the past few decades.
"The ways of the martyrs Arafat, Abu Jihad, George Habash and even [former Hamas spiritual leader] Sheikh Ahmed Yassin are the ways we recognize," declared Abbas. "The Palestinian leadership will continue to lead in the way of Yasser Arafat until a Palestinian state is established with Jerusalem as its capital."
Abbas proudly announced that he had rejected recent offers by Israel to surrender nearly all of the eastern half of Jerusalem to the Palestinians in search of a final status peace agreement.
Despite having served for decades as Arafat's right-hand man, Abbas is consistently portrayed by Israel and the West as a moderate and pragmatic leader who has eschewed the violent ways of the late PLO leader.