It’s quite the tap dance he’s doing here. States recognize states, he says, and Fatah is “just” a political party, though with an armed jihadist wing, and the controlling faction of the PLO and Palestinian National Authority. It’s hard to pin down what exactly in a “state” would recognize another state except for the presiding government’s entering into an agreement.
There is also the matter of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, which has been a non-starter because Israel’s neighbors have other plans for the country. That would come via the legalized invasion and demographic conquest envisioned in the “right of return” which would, if attempted, be a humanitarian disaster and catalyst for violence over rival Palestinian claims on a tiny land mass, and over the imposition of Sharia.
If any recognition occurs, it will be of a geographical area — like saying “Lake Michigan is over there” — and of Israel’s borders insofar as they demarcate the sliver of the pie they don’t have, but demand. “‘Fatah has never recognized Israel and will never do so’,” by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post, June 1 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Fatah has never recognized Israel’s right to exist and will never do so, according to Azzam al-Ahmed, a member of the Fatah Central Committee who is closely associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Ahmed, who is also head of the Fatah negotiating team with Hamas, said PA security forces in the West Bank were arresting Hamas supporters to protect them from being targeted by the IDF.
Ahmed’s remarks were made in an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al- Youm.
Asked whether Fatah had spoken with Hamas about recognizing Israel, the senior Fatah official said, “Fatah has not recognized Israel. I challenge anyone who says that the case is otherwise, whether it’s Hamas or others. Neither Fatah nor Hamas is required to recognize Israel. Only governments and states extend recognition. It was the Palestinian government that recognized Israel, just as the Israeli government recognized us.”
He just admitted the lack of reciprocity.
Ahmed said the PLO had recognized Israel with the signing of the Oslo Accords.
Shell game: Fatah is the largest, controlling faction of the PLO, and was under Yasser Arafat at that time as well. The current leader of the PLO is Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas.
“An organization recognized a state and a state recognized an organization,” he said.
“Now states should recognize each other when a Palestinian state is declared next September.”
In response to allegations that PA security forces have been cracking down on Hamas supporters in the West Bank, Ahmed said, “We in Fatah arrest Hamas members to protect them from Israel or from family disputes.”
The Fatah official praised Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal for delivering a “wonderful” speech during the signing ceremony for the Egyptian-brokered Fatah-Hamas reconciliation accord in Cairo on May 4.
“Mashaal used political language like President Abbas,” he added. “He talked about a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders and said that he would give political efforts and negotiations a chance. Therefore, I consider this speech to be responsible.”
Ahmed said the new PA unity government, which would be established in accordance with the reconciliation pact, would not deal with peace talks with Israel.
“The PLO is in charge of the negotiations,” he emphasized.
“Hamas will join the PLO Executive Committee and become part of the PLO.”
He said he was happy to see Egyptians demonstrating outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo in the aftermath of the departure of the regime of Hosni Mubarak.
“When I see the demonstrations surrounding the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, I feel optimistic and that, as a Palestinian, I have received a new weapon and pressure force,” Ahmed said.
“This is a new change and we have seen how the Israelis are worried about these demonstrations.”…