JERUSALEM, Israel -- Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said no Jews, civilian or otherwise, would be permitted to live in the future Palestinian state he envisions.
Abbas made his remarks Monday during a visit to Cairo.
"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli -- civilian or soldier -- on our lands," he said, according to Reuters.
For a man who wrote his doctoral thesis on Holocaust denial, some analysts say Abbas latest statements calling for a Judenrein (Jew-free) state aren't surprising.
In his dissertation, Abbas alleged that Zionist leaders inflated the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust.
"It seems that the interest of the Zionist movement, however, is to inflate this figure so that their gains will be greater," he wrote. "Many scholars have debated the figure of six million and reach stunning conclusions -- fixing the number of Jewish victims at only a few hundred thousand."
According to Abbas, Zionist leaders encouraged Nazi persecution first so Jews would immigrate and secondly because "having more victims meant greater rights and stronger privilege to join the negotiation table for dividing the spoils of war once it was over."
Abbas spent some 30 years at the side of the late PLO chairman Yasser Arafat.