PA Ambassador: "First Jerusalem, Then We'll Take All Palestine"

The PA's representative in Lebanon says Israel's concessions in Jerusalem mean it will eventually collapse ideologically.

Hillel Fendel ,

"When Israel's ideology will collapse, and after we take Jerusalem, Israel's ideology will collapse altogether, and then we will proceed with our own ideology, inshallah [if Allah wills], and we will throw them out of all of Palestine."  So said Abbas Zaki, the Palestinian Authority's ambassador to Lebanon on Lebanese television last week, according to a translation by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute).

Expressing strong support for terror attacks against Israel, Zaki said, "We believe wholeheartedly that the Right of Return [of millions of Arabs and their descendants who left Israel in 1948 and 1967 -ed.] is guaranteed by our will, by our weapons, and by our faith." 

Asked if this means he believes "in weapons, not just in negotiations," Zaki said that neither of them is effective by itself: "The use of weapons alone will not bring results, and the use of politics without weapons will not bring results. 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."

"We talk politics," Zaki said, "but our principles are clear. It was our pioneering leader, Yasser Arafat, who persevered with this revolution, when empires collapsed. Our armed struggle has been going on for 43 years, and the political struggle, on all levels, has been going on for 50 years. We harvest U.N. resolutions..."

'Israel Must Pay a Heavy Price'
Speaking with young Arabs who see themselves as Palestinians, Zaki said, "The important thing is that in any [military] operation, Israel will pay a price. We don't want cases in which you [Arabs] don't kill even a chicken, but Israel kills 20 of you. I salute any operation that makes Israel pay a heavy price."

'We'll Drive Them All out of All of Palestine'
Zaki said that the PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization] is the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and that it remains true to its values and ideology: "In light of the weakness of the Arab nation and the lack of values, and in light of the American control over the world, the PLO proceeds through phases, without changing its strategy. 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."

From Munich to Hevron
A mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre of 11 Israeli athletes, Zaki has long been a leading inciter against Israel and an outspoken proponent of anti-Israel terrorism.  Back in 1996, he was arrested by Israel for suspected involvement in setting fire to Jewish National Fund agricultural equipment, and later frequently led anti-Jewish rioters in Hevron.

Despite his warm words for Arafat, Zaki was one of his opponents at the end of Arafat's career.  In July 2002, Zaki - then a member of the Fatah Supreme Council - said that then-PA Chairman Arafat "has to go... Wherever he went, he brought with him corruption and instability."