Erekat: PA Should Promote 'National Struggle' of Terrorism

PA's Israel negotiator Saeb Erekat strategizes in new document cooperation with Hamas and the lending of more support to terrorists.

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Middle East expert Yonatan Dahuh-Halevi revealed Thursday a new document written by Saeb Erekat, a member of the PLO Executive Committee and head of the Palestinian negotiating team, in which he calls to support terror organizations and lone-wolf terror attacks. 

Erekat's document contains a number of recommendations for Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian leadership. 

This document and similar documents issued in the past have received a sympathetic ear in the Palestinian leadership and they reveal one strategy offered in the fight against Israel. 

Among Erekat's recommendations is to cooperate with Palestinian terror organizations, led by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, by incorporating them into PLO institutions and speeding up the process of reconciliation with Hamas. 

Another recommendation is to show full support for Palestinian terror organizations and engage in diplomatic activity to prevent any of them from being named on terror lists. 

Erekat called for the PA to show complete support to terrorists serving sentences in Israeli prisons as well as to manage the political struggle for their immediate release without conditions. 

According to Erekat, the term "popular struggle for peace" should be used to define acts of terrorism as well as violent clashes conducted against Israel. 

Erekat also stressed that the PA must not give up the "right of return" for Palestinians classified as refugees as well as for their descendants; the practical implications of implementing this would mean the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state. 

As noted, Erekat served as the PA's chief negotiator in talks with Israel, but in this document he rejects any agreements with the Jewish state, instead calling for unilateral international measures to limit Israel's ability to defend itself against terrorism.

The document also calls for additional support to abolish the PLO's recognition of Israel and to mobilize international support to force Israel to withdraw to the 1949 Armistice Lines. 

According to Dahuh-Halevi, this document once again demonstrates the PA is not interested in a peace agreement, but is rather planning, through a combination of terrorism and diplomacy, to bring about the destruction of Israel.