CBNNNews.com - AMMAN, Jordan - In an interview with Jordan's al-Dustur newspaper, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said he's proud to have fired "the first bullet of the resistance" back in 1965.
Abbas worked side-by-side for 30 years with the late Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Like Arafat, Abbas' rhetoric changes according to his audience.
In his latest interview with al-Dustur, the PA chairman said the PLO taught the Arab world "how to resist when resistance is most effective and when it is not."
"I had the honor to lead [in the PLO]. We taught everyone, including the [Lebanese-based terror group] Hezbollah, the ways of resistance. They were all educated in our camps," he said.
Turning to Hamas, Abbas said he has no problem with their not recognizing Israel's right to exist; he simply wants them to join a unity government to negotiate the issue.
"I demanded that a unity government be formed to negotiate with Israel, which is what I told Syrian President Bashar Assad, and he backed me up," Abbas told al-Dustur.
"Hamas entered an election based on the Oslo Accords, which recognize Israel," Abbas said. "I am not the only one pushing for such recognition. The Arab initiative, which is a consensus in the Arab and Muslim world, calls for it as well," he said.
Abbas added that he would never accept Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.
"We negated that concept in the Annapolis peace conference, and it almost ended because of it," he said. "They wanted us to state, in the closing statement, that we recognize Israel as a Jewish state, but we wouldn't hear of it," he said.
Abbas also said that while he's against resuming an armed conflict with Israel at this time, he doesn't rule it out in the future.
Source: YNet news service