Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction espouses the same ideology of destroying Israel as Hamas, with which it signed a unity deal last Wednesday, according to newly revealed video segments of a senior Fatah official.
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi last week posted a video to YouTube of his comments from a pro-terrorist ceremony in Gaza. In his speech mere days before the unity deal, Tirawi said Gaza "will return to the bosom of legitimacy."
Tirawi added "the homeland...is...all of Palestine, from its [Jordan] River to its [Mediterranean] Sea," describing a map that effectively wipes out the Jewish state. Palestinian Media Watch translated the video.
No doubts were left regarding Tirawi's designs to replace Israel with "Palestine," as he said: "Palestine - Gaza is part of it; the (West) Bank is part of it; and it is Haifa, Yafo, Akko, and it is all of Palestine, which will be an independent state for us, Allah willing."
It is worth noting that the three cities mentioned are on the Mediterranean coast, and not on territory adjoining the 1949 Armistice lines.
Tirawi's remarks were made in Gaza's Khan Yunis during a ceremony for two terrorists imprisoned in Israel; one of them, Diya al-Agha, is serving a life sentence for beating an IDF soldier to death with a shovel in Gaza in 1992.
"Two-state is over, it's time for armed conflict"
The senior Fatah official made similar statements in the beginning of April on terrorist organization Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV.
There, he stated "the two-state solution does not exist. The two-state solution is over. We must return to the option of one Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea."
Tirawi added "Palestinians, Palestinian leadership, listen to me: The only solution before us is the historic solution presented by Fatah in 1968."
The reference to 1968 constitutes a clear call for Israel's destruction through armed conflict.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) charter of 1968 calls for "armed struggle" or "armed revolution" nine times, declaring "armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine," and calling on local Arabs to "be prepared for the armed struggle."
Following the charter, the PLO and Fatah were defined internationally as terror organizations, a status which was removed during the 1993 Oslo Accords process.
Tirawi in late March said in Jericho that Fatah has "not cast down the rifle and has not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here!" He added that peace talks are only "one of the methods of struggle. But the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment."
PLO goals and definition of Israel
The original PLO Charter of 1964 also called for the "liberation of Palestine," meaning the destruction of Israel, but added that the PLO does not seek sovereignty over Judea, Samaria or Gaza, which were under Jordanian occupation at the time. That additional demand for sovereignty was added to the updated charter in 1968, after the Six Day War when those areas came under Israeli control.
Also worth noting is the 1968 charter's definition of Israel as "the instrument" of Zionism, which is called "a political movement organically associated with international imperialism and antagonistic to all action for liberation and to progressive movements in the world. It is racist and fanatic in its nature, aggressive, expansionist, and colonial in its aims, and fascist in its methods."