“They have a common mistake, or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist…
“Hamas, Fatah and the others are not waging war against Israel right now for reasons related to balance of power. There are no two Palestinians who disagree over the fact that Israel exists, and recognition of it is restating the obvious, but recognition of its right to exist is something else, different from recognition of its [physical] existence.”
—Adli Sadeq, PA Ambassador to India, in official PA daily, translated by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch
Over Palestinian Refugees
“The difference between the two distinct populations [Israelis and Palestinians] was, and still is, that Israel absorbed the refugees into our society. Our neighbors did not. Refugee camps in Israel gave birth to thriving towns and cities. Refugee camps in Arab countries gave birth to more Palestinian refugees. We unlocked our new immigrants’ vast potential. The Arab world knowingly and intentionally kept their Palestinian populations in the second-class status of permanent refugees.
“Arab inhabitants rejected the [1947 Partition] plan and launched a war of annihilation against the new Jewish state, joined by the armies of five Arab members of the United Nations. One percent of Israel’s population died in combat during this assault by five armies. Think about that price. It would be the equivalent of 850,000 soldiers dying in France today, or 3 million soldiers dying in the United States, or 13 million soldiers dying in China.
“Has the Arab World, and particularly the Palestinians, internalized that Israel is here to stay and will remain the nation-state of the Jewish people? It is still unclear whether they are inspired by the promise of building a new state or the goal of destroying an existing one.”
—Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor, speaking at the United Nations on the Partition Plan's 64th anniversary, by Ynetnews
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