PLO Rep: 'We will drive Israel out of Palestine'

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CBNNews.com - 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.

Some analysts believe Zaki is articulating the true goals of the Palestinian Authority, rather than the ones spoken in diplomatic circles by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas -- not a so-called two-state solution -- not peace, but piece by piece until Israel ceases to exist.

Hamas on the Same Track

Hamas, the rival Palestinian faction that rules the Gaza Strip, also calls for the elimination of the Jewish state.

A sermon by Hamas legislator Yunis al-Astal, broadcast on Hamas's al-Aksa satellite TV Friday, was translated by MEMRI. You can view the full clip here.

"Allah has chosen you for himself and his religion so that you will serve as the engine pulling the nation to the phase of succession, security and consolidation of power and even to conquests through da'wa and military conquests of the capitals of the entire world," the Muslim cleric told worshippers.

"Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our prophet Muhammad. Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or he Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs JEWS in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam - this capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe and its entirety and then will turn to the two Americas and even Eastern Europe," he said.

"I believe our children or our grandchildren will inherit our jihad ["holy" war] and our sacrifices and Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them," said the Hamas leader.

"Today, we instill these good tidings in their souls and by means of the mosques and the Koran books and the history of our prophets, his companions, and the great leaders, we prepare them for the mission of saving humanity from the hellfire on the brink of which they stand," al-Astal said.

Source: MEMRI

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