Following are excerpts
from an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, which aired on Dream2
TV on October 23, 2011:
First of all, let me make something clear about the story of the "Jewish
state." They started talking to me about the "Jewish state"
only two years ago, discussing it with me at every opportunity, every
forum I went to – Jewish or non-Jewish – asking: "What do you
think about the 'Jewish state'?" I've said it before, and I'll
say it again: I will never recognize the Jewishness of the state, or
a "Jewish state."
Don't you think that it was the resistance that managed to liberate
a thousand prisoners? Negotiations must always be accompanied by a measure
of force. There can be no negotiations without resistance. This has
been shown by the experience of people – in Ireland and all countries.
That's true, but our circumstances are different. We are not able to
wage military resistance. Hamas kidnapped – or rather, captured –
a soldier, and managed to keep him for five years, and that is a good
thing. We don't deny it. On the contrary, it’s a good thing that on
a small strip of land, 40 × 7 kilometers, they were able to keep him
and hide him.