Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, hailed in the West as a moderate and peace partner, suggested last week that the abduction of Israeli citizens will continue in order to win freedom for all of the Palestinian terrorists currently jailed by Israel.
"We will definitely, always and forever, act to free [our prisoners] using all means," Abbas told a gathering of his supporters in Arabic, contradicting years of promises to Western leaders to resolve all outstanding disputes with Israel via diplomacy and negotiations.
Abbas made his remark in response to last week's release of 20 female Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a video tape proving that abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is still alive. That exchange was used to embarrass Abbas, since it is Hamas that holds Shalit, and has been far more successful in securing the release of jailed terrorists using its more violent methods.
Abbas and the Palestinian Authority continue to demand that Israel free all 11,000 Palestinian terrorists in its jails as part of any final status peace agreement. Abbas and the PA view those terrorists as "freedom fighters" whose act of murder, even against unarmed Israeli men, women and children, were legitimate acts of war.
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