Do Palestinians’ want to live side-by-side with Israel?

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Everybody talks on behalf of the ‘Palestinians’. Everybody says the ‘Palestinians’ want their own state. Everybody says the ‘Palestinians’ want to live side-by-side with Israel in peace—if only Israel would accept that.

But what do ‘Palestinians’ say? Do they talk in Arabic about living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel--or about something  else? 
Here are some words from ‘Palestinian’ documents and leaders. See if you can figure out what they want for Israel:

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it” (Hamas Charter)

-“Palestine [all of modern Israel] is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgment Day” (Hamas Charter)

-“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad [holy war]. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors” (the Hamas Charter)

-“We demand the liberation of the West Bank, and the establishment of a state in the West Bank and Gaza, with Jerusalem as its capital – but without recognizing [Israel]. This is the key – without recognizing the Israeli enemy on a single inch of land… Our plan for this stage is to liberate any inch of Palestinian land, and to establish a state on it. Our ultimate plan is [to have] Palestine in its entirety.” (Mahmoud Al Zahhar, co-founder of Hamas)

-We will never recognise the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem." (Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas political wing)

-“Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded. Allah willing, before they die, they will experience humiliation and degradation every day” (Khaeld Mashal, Hamas political bureau chief)

-“The Israelis will not know security. We will fight them until the liberation of Palestine, the whole of Palestine [all of modern Israel]" (Dr. Abdel Aziz Ali Abdulmajid al-Rantis, co-founder of Hamas)

-“ We shall return, we shall return. We shall return. We shall return. We shall return - despite the borders, despite the obstacles, despite the Jews. We shall regain Safed [Israeli city inside 1967 lines]. We will regain Beit Shean [Israeli city inside 1967 lines]. We will regain Tiberias [Israeli city inside 1967 lines]. We will regain Ashkelon [Israeli city inside 1967 lines]. We will regain Lod [Israeli city inside 1967 lines]. We will regain our entire country" (Nizar Riyan, former senior Hamas leader)

-“ Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence” (PLO Charter)

-“ The Palestinians will never acknowledge Israel's Jewish identity” (Saeb Erekat, chief Fatah peace negotiator)

-“Israel is a cancer spreading through the body of the Islamic nation, and because the Jews are a virus resembling AIDS, from which the entire world suffers" (Ibrahim Mudeiris. ‘Palestinian’ cleric)

-“ We shall never stop until we can go back home and Israel is destroyed” (Yaaser Arafat)

- “The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations “ (Yaasser Arafat)

-“ We don't want peace, we want victory. Peace for us means Israel's destruction and nothing else." (Yaaser Arafat)

-“ Our agreements with the Israelis are like the Trojan horse. I explain to our people that this is the only way to get into the walls of Jerusalem, like the wooden horse the Greeks used against the Trojans." (Faisal al-Husseini, former politician)

-"My country Palestine is beautiful. Turn to Safed [IsraeI city inside 1967 lines], and then to Tiberias [Israeli city inside 1967 lines], and send regards to the sea of Acre [Israeli city inside 1967 lines] and Haifa [Israeli city inside 1967 lines]. Don't forget Nazareth [Israeli city I believe to be inside the 1967 lines], the Arab fortress, and tell Beit Shean [Israeli city inside 1967 lines] about its people's return" (Song sung two weeks ago by Arab singing idol, Mohammed Assaf).

Some of these people are dead. At least one is young. All of these words express what is real and true for ‘Palestinian’ leaders and clerics.
These words were originally spoken in Arabic. They reveal what the ‘Palestinians’ want.

They don’t want peace with Israel. They want to conquer Israel.

(Quotes were taken from say yes to peace org quotes. Song lyrics are from, “Watch: PA's 'Arab Idol' Sings 'Haifa is Palestine'”, Arutz Sheva, April 26, 2015).

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