A senior member of the Fatah Central Committee led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in an interview referred to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and U.S. President Barack Obama, as “dirtbags,” and explained how causing Israel to leave Judea and Samaria would spell its doom.
Abbas Zaki told the interviewer that any final status agreement between Israel and the PA “should be based upon the borders of June 4, 1967... everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.”
Israel claims that Abbas and numerous other PA Arab officials have made it clear in many ways that the "greater" and ultimate goal has been and continues to be the elimination of the State of Israel altogether, but this was an outright statement to that effect.
Zaki made his remarks during an interview on the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite television channel, which reaches millions of Arabs worldwide.
A video clip of Zaki's remarks was translated by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, a media watchdog organization that monitors Arabic-language media.
“If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall, what will become of Israel? It will come to an end,” Zaki predicted.
“Who is nervous, upset and angry now? Netanyahu, Lieberman, and Obama... All those dirtbags,” he said scornfully. “Why even get into this? We should be happy to see Israel upset.”
He noted that reaching the “greater goal” would be impossible initially, and that revealing it would not be smart: “If we say that we want to wipe Israel out... C'mon, it's too difficult. It's not [acceptable] policy to say so. Don't say these things to the world,” he warned. “Keep it to yourself.”
For public consumption, Zaki advised Arabs to stick to the party line: “I want the resolutions that everybody agrees upon. I say to the world, to the Quartet, and to America: You promised, and you turned out to be liars.”
In his recent speech to the 66th United Nations General Assembly, Abbas referred to Israel as the "land of Jesus and Mohammed," with no mention whatsoever of the ancient history of the Jews who dwelled therein, preceding both, and who have maintained a continuous presence in the land to this day.
MEMRI has translated recent remarks by Fatah officials, in which they are heard slamming Obama's speech of support for Israel at the United Nations General Assembly.