Monday, January 27, 2014

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Fatah Official Calls for More Violence

I guess Palestinian officials calling for violence isn't exactly "news" but this story should still be published on the Huffington Post:
Negotiations with Israel will lead to “zero results” if not fortified by armed resistance, a senior Fatah official said, adding that the first signs of a new Palestinian uprising have already begun to appear on the ground.An American framework agreement expected to be presented in the coming weeks to the negotiating teams will never receive Palestinian endorsement if based on parameters currently being voiced by the Americans, said Tawfiq Tirawi, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee and head of the official Palestinian investigation committee into the death of Yasser Arafat, speaking to Lebanese news channel Al-Mayadeen Thursday.“We [in Fatah] know what the Israelis and Americans are suggesting [in the negotiating room]. So far, the negotiations are taking place only with the Americans, not the Israelis, and the Americans are liars. There is no framework agreement. It’s a lie. Even if Kerry [presents] an agreement, Palestinians will reject it. There will be a vote, either inside Fatah or among the Palestinian leadership, and the American proposals will be rejected,” Tirawi said.A number of senior Palestinian officials have voiced public skepticism regarding the possibility of negotiations with Israel leading to a deal, as the nine-month time frame for talks approaches its end in April. Last month, PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo blasted US Secretary of State John Kerry for “breaking a promise” to end negotiations on all core issues during the original framework.But Tirawi voiced skepticism that negotiations alone could ever produce a Palestinian state.“There is no possibility of a Palestinian state being established on the West Bank and Gaza in the coming 20 years. None at all. Anyone who believes otherwise is wrong. Negotiations will bring us nothing … we, all Palestinian factions, must return to the cycle of action. When we will do this, many things will change.”Asked what he meant by the cycle of action, Tirawi clarified he was speaking of “resistance in all of its forms.”

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