Mahmoud Abbas continues to follow the playbook of his mentor of forty years, Yassir Arafat--talk peace in English and 'armed resistance' (synonymous with terror) in Arabic. Only this time, he threw in some bragging about how the PLO trained Hizballah in its leadership of all the other 'resistance' groups. This confirms what IRIS has been saying for years--that the Global Jihad is an allied force:
PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday said that he does not rule out returning to the path of armed “resistance” against Israel and took pride in the fact that he had been the first to fire on Israel and that his organization had trained Hizbullah.
In an interview with the Jordanian daily al-Dustur, Abbas said that he was opposed to an armed struggle against Israel - for the time being.
“At this present juncture, I am opposed to armed struggle because we cannot succeed in it, but maybe in the future things will be different,” he said.
The PA president also expressed pride both in himself and in his organization, Fatah, for trailblazing the path of resistance.
“I had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965 and of being the one who taught resistance to many in the region and around the world; what it’s like; when it is effective and when it isn’t effective; its uses, and what serious, authentic and influential resistance is,” Abbas said.
“It is common knowledge when and how resistance is detrimental and when it is well timed,” he added. “We (Fatah) had the honor of leading the resistance and we taught resistance to everyone, including Hizbullah, who trained in our military camps.”