“Of course, Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with anyone who is dedicated to its destruction. But while I know you have had differences with the Palestinian Authority, I believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas…” — Barack Obama, March 21, 2013
Fatah is the PLO’s military wing. Abbas is the head of the PLO.
“Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: We Have Not Ruled Out the Military Options,” from MEMRI, February 26:
In a February 26, 2014 interview with Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV channel, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki said: “None of us, especially in Fatah, has ruled out the military options.”
Following are excerpts:
Interviewer: Some Palestinians say that the days of intifadas are gone, never to return, and that there is no alternative to the negotiations.
Abbas Zaki: There is a big difference between addressing the consciences of the enemies, so that they will listen to you and so that you can denounce your rival, and between being unable to restrain the masses, when sacrifices are warranted, and there is hope [for gains] through resistance and confrontation.
None of us, especially in Fatah, has ruled out the military options. We have not forgotten our principles or our goals – not even at our sixth congress, which was held in Bethlehem [in August 2009], where we adhered to our entire legacy of struggle, so that it can be resorted to at the right time.