Following are excerpts
from an interview with Jibril Rajoub, member of the Fatah Central Committee,
which aired on Palestinian Authority TV on September 23, 2011, as a
response to US President Barack Obama's speech at the UN.
Rajoub: First of all, I think that Obama's speech was idiotic. It
did not even reflect the US policy or the doctrine they employed in
the past. It sounded like a speech of a student leader in a university,
rather than the speech of a leader of a superpower.
He talked about the Arab
Spring, and about peoples' rights, and so on. The Palestinian people
numbers approximately 18 million, over 55% of whom live in the diaspora,
in refugee camps, in conditions that I believe necessity a stand on
the part of the US administration.
In my opinion, [Obama's]
refusal to acknowledge the UN resolutions constitutes a blow to his
policy, and will sabotage any future American role in resolving the