Jibril Rajoub, one of the senior figures in the Palestinian Authority, told an Egyptian television channel that he believed the October 7th massacre was justified and that a similar attack could be expected in Judea and Samaria.
"The October 7th massacre was a natural reaction to suppression. The ones responsible for this are the occupation and its crimes, and the attack was part of the Palestinian defensive war. The next attack can be expected in the West Bank," he commented.
Jibril Rajoub is both the secretary of the Central Committee of Fatah and considered a "Peace Partner," as well as a potential successor to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. He has also been featured as a partner in the Geneva peace plan.
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan strongly criticized the statement and demanded that Rajoub be immediately arrested: "We must demand that Rajoub be immediately arrested as has been done to all supporters of terrorism, and anyone who approved of the October 7th massacre. It is unreasonable that terrorist leaders be exempted. Rajoub is a senior Nazi terrorist, who supports terrorism and is one of the leaders of BDS boycotts against Israel, of the foremost 'terrorists in a suit' in existence. He is the true face of the PA, and of the 'liberal' Fatah."
"These are our 'partners.' It is crazy that there are still people in Israel, even after the massacre in the south, after we saw beheaded infants, children murdered and abducted in front of their parents, girls raped, and a pogrom unlike any since the Holocaust, who still have not learned and want to return the Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip, after our soldiers have spilled their blood there, and to hand it over to terrorism once again on a silver platter."
Dagan added "He must be immediately arrested. This terrorist Nazi, this villain, is the true face of our partners, who have been presented for years as moderate. As a leader of the Palestinian Authority, he was one of the stars of the Geneva plan. This is also what we must show people who have still not learned after the massacre, who still want to appoint the Palestinian Authority over the Gaza Strip."
Rajoub was asked during an interview if the events in Gaza had led to an end to the divisions within Palestinian Arab society. He replied, "Hamas is an indispensable part of our political fabric, and the current struggle is the beginning of our united goal to create a Palestinian state on all Palestinian land."