Abbas knows how to play the international media. He knew they would take his statement as an indication that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would set back the “peace process.” He knows that the “peace process” is a tool of the Palestinian jihad, and he knows that the establishment media doesn’t know or care about that fact.
“Abbas threatens to cancel claimed PA recognition of Israel,” by Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch, January 16, 2017:
On the occasion of yesterday’s peace conference with representatives from 72 countries in Paris, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated that if the US moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem it might lead the Palestinians to “cancel” their “recognition of Israel:”
“President Abbas said that he wrote to Trump and warned him of the consequences of the transfer of the embassy, and noted that this ‘will not only negate any legitimacy of the US to fill a role in settling the conflict, but will also annihilate the two-state solution.’ He added that the Palestinians will discuss several options for a response, after consultations are held with Arab states, and said: ‘Cancelling our recognition of Israel will be one of them.'”[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2017]
However, the clear fact is that the Palestinian Authority and Fatah have never really recognized the State of Israel.
For 20 years, Palestinian Media Watch has been exposing that, despite peace negotiations, agreements, and declarations, the Palestinians have never recognized Israel’s right to exist – in any borders. In speeches, at events, and visually, the PA, Fatah, and their leaders have continued to present “Palestine” as including all of Israel and have expressed that the final goal is that all Israel’s land will be in one state: “Palestine.”
Expressing non-recognition in all maps
One recent example is Fatah’s map above which was posted with the text: “The revolution continues.” It shows all of Israel and the PA areas together as one entity with the Palestinian flag symbolizing political sovereignty over Israel. [Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2016]
Expressing non-recognition: PA goal is elimination of Israel in stages
Palestinian leaders openly say among themselves that a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines is merely the first stage of replacing all of Israel with “Palestine.” Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad recently told PA TV that he is not concerned that land he claims for his family is in the “1948” lands, i.e., in Israel, because he is “certain” that a Palestinian state in the West Bank will lead to “Palestine” erasing Israel – just like North Vietnam took South Vietnam:
“We agree to a state on territory that is 22%, and perhaps less, of the land of historical Palestine. By the way, I personally – all of our [family’s] lands, thousands of acres in the Jezreel Valley (i.e., Israel) – none are in the 1967 lands (i.e., West Bank), but rather in the 1948 [lands] (i.e., in Israel). Despite this, I am certain that a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967 will return my historical rights to me in full. I am certain of it. Therefore, I am certain that we need to start. The historical examples of this are many. North Vietnam. There was a North and a South [Vietnam]. What is its name now? Vietnam! Isn’t it?”[Official PA TV, State of Politics, Dec. 26, 2016]…