Abbas threatens to “explode a bomb” during his speech at the United Nations
Al Quds al-Arabi has an exclusive interview with Mahmoud Abbas where he threatens to “explode a bomb” at the end of his upcoming speech at the United Nations.
He is presumably speaking metaphorically.
In an exclusive interview with «Quds Al-Arabi» Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke frankly about American, Arab and Israeli pressure, which made him consider resigning.He also spoke about the strong opposition to the idea of a Jewish state as a justification of religious wars in the Middle East and as [the same as] extremist organizations calling themselves the “Islamic state.” The meeting with Abu Mazen took place in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, and contrary to reports in some Israeli media from their security services, Abu Mazen at the age of eighty showed a sharp mind through the interview and remembers the smallest details.
On the volatile situation in Jerusalem Abbas said Israel is practically dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque temporally and perhaps spatially between Jews and Muslims, saying that “the temporal and spatial division will not succeed at all”, and “Jerusalem is a red line that we will not allow any infringement upon”.
And on his next trip to the United Nations, Abbas said he will talk about Oslo and the Israeli violations represented by the decisions of the Israeli Supreme Court to allow the demolition of Palestinian homes in areas A and B, two areas which are supposed to be subject to the rule of the Palestinian Authority administratively.
Abbas has promised that he will present a surprise, saying “I will at the end of the speech have a bomb. I will not reveal what the bomb is”.
Whatever stunt he decides to pull – and it will be a stunt, not substantive – it will be because of something else he said in the interview, that “the Arab world is preoccupied with their problems.”
Abbas has over the years threatened to resign, threatened to stop security coordination with Israel, threatened to dismantle the PA multiple times. Each time it was a pathetic attempt to become the focus of attention when the world was concerned with real problems. As Abbas himself has admitted, his people are not in bad shape by any measure. But like a toddler, Palestinian Arabs hate not being the center of attention, so they will continue to threaten to blow up the Oslo process without being willing to lose the benefits that the process gave them – autonomy, world acceptance as a state and the symbols of sovereignty. They hope that their threats will increase pressure on Israel, because to them this is preferable to actually making any meaningful gestures for peace.
Abbas attacked the idea of a Jewish state saying:”If Israel wants to be a Jewish state, there would be justification for the organization “Islamic state” and others to create an Islamic state in Syria, Gaza, Egypt and so on.
This fits in with the Arab view that Judaism is only a religion, and not an expression of nationhood, as it has been understood for millennia. Calling Israel a Jewish state is analogous to calling “Palestine” an Arab state, not an Islamic state.
But Abbas’ hypocrisy is crystal clear even without that argument.
Just look at the Palestinian constitution and you will see that “Palestine” already defines itself as an Islamic nation!
Palestine is part of the Arab homeland. The state of Palestine abides by the Charter of the League of Arab States. The Palestinian people are part of the Arab and Islamic nations.
Islam is the official religion in Palestine.
Israel doesn’t even have a state religion. “Palestine” does.
It would really be nice if a reporter would one day confront this hypocritical bigot with his own words. Abbas is coming to New York – which reporter has the guts to actually do his or her job?