Daily Israel Report

Video Expose: PA Does Not Recognize Israel

Palestinian Authority TV recognizes all of the Land of Israel – from Tel Aviv to the Negev – as Palestine, belying Abbas’ “recognition” of I
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 4/17/2011, 2:47 PM / Last Update: 4/17/2011, 3:26 PM

A new Palestinian Authority TV program recognizes all of the Land of Israel – from Tel Aviv to the Negev – as "Palestine," belying PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ “recognition” of Israel.

The program was broadcast last week and was spotted and translated by Palestinian Media Watch. Abbas has stated in the past year that he recognizes the existence of the State of Israel but has steadfastly refused to identify it as a “Jewish” state.

However, the program on official PA television, geared for teenagers, defines all of Israel as Palestine, after the video is introduced with the headline, "Palestine: We will return one day to our home.”

The video shows views from the northern Galilee to the Negev, including metropolitan Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and concludes, "This [video] is our gift to Palestine and to all the Palestinians inside and outside, and throughout the world."

The video is not the first time that Abbas, head of the Fatah movement, and the Palestinian Authority, have provided anti-Israel material in Arabic while telling American and European audiences they seek co-existence with Israel.

PMW noted that at a recent Fatah event in the presence of Mahmoud Abbas and many other senior PA officials, an Arab performer sang "I am returning to ["Palestine"]," which was described in the song as including all of Israel.

The words of the song at the Fatah event, as translated by PMW, include, "We commit and promise to stand behind you, oh Mahmoud Abbas, until Judgment Day. I am returning to you… from Rafiah [in Gaza] to Rosh HaNikra (on the northeastern tip of Israel), north and south, are the picture's borders. From Haifa… to the [Jordan] valley (all of Israel). I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free."