Note that these are “moderate” PA officials — members of Abbas’s government — the one that Obama tells the Israelis is a true partner for peace. “Senior PA official praises murderer and another official swears: ‘If we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning,'” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palestinian Media Watch, May 8:
Two senior Palestinian Authority officials praised the use of violence against Israel last week.
Senior PA official Sultan Abu Al-Einein expressed his open support for the murderer who killed Evyatar Borovsky, an Israeli who was stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorist Salam Al-Zaghal while he was waiting for a ride.
Abu Al-Einein, who was until recently an advisor holding the rank of minister to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and who was subsequently appointed Head of the Palestinian Council for NGO Affairs by Abbas, honored the murderer:
“We salute the heroic fighter, the self-sacrificing Salam Al-Zaghal.”
Abu Al-Einein also praised the murderer and his killing with the words:
“He insisted on defending his honor, so he went against the settler and killed him. Blessings to the breast that nursed Salam Al-Zaghal.”
The audience applauded and whistled at this statement.
Last week, Palestinian Media Watch reported that only hours after the murder, the administrator of Fatah’s official Facebook page glorified Al-Zaghal as a “hero.”
Another senior PA official, Jibril Rajoub, also praised the use of violence against Israel. During an interview on a Lebanese TV channel, the host referred to “the negotiations game” with Israel, and Rajoub expressed the view that negotiations are held because the Palestinians lack military strength:
“I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning.”
Jibril Rajoub is the Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Chairman of the PA Olympic Committee. The interview was broadcast on the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV channel and also published on Rajoub’s Facebook page on May 2, 2013.
Senior PA officials often state that avoiding violent confrontation or war with Israel is only temporarily, due to the PA’s inability to take on such a conflict. They claim that negotiations with Israel are the right course of action for now, because conditions are not right for violence….