MADRID, Dec. 9 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas, has affirmed that he “does not support armed resistance”, although he has outlined that “it is something that could change”, given the upsurge in violence in recent months, which has left until the So far, more than 20 Israelis have been killed in various attacks and more than 210 Palestinians have been killed in operations by the Israeli security forces.
“I do not support the armed Palestinian resistance, but that could change. It could change tomorrow, the next day or at any time. Everything changes,” Abbas said in an interview with Al Arabiya television, before stressing that the people Palestinian “is being oppressed, oppressed and oppressed to the point where they can break out.”
“The Palestinians are being caused to lose patience,” warned Abbas, who for years has supported the path of peaceful resistance to try to force Israel to come to the negotiating table to materialize the two-state solution, which includes the creation of a State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The renunciation of violence by Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Front in 1988 was an important step towards Israel’s recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as a political representative and body with which to hold negotiations, although the contacts have been stagnant for several years.
Abbas, who has publicly condemned two terrorist attacks carried out this year against Israelis, has defended in his interview that “security coordination (with Israel) is part of the (bilateral) agreements”, as reported by the newspaper ‘The Times of Israel’. “When it comes to security coordination, our position is to fight terrorism, no matter where,” he has argued.
“We are with Israel against terrorism and violence, but if Israel continues with its behavior, I will not be subject to the security agreement and I will cancel my commitment,” he warned, while pledging to “work” with the next prime Israel’s minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “without giving in to any of the long-standing commitments” in relation to the points demanded by the Palestinians to reach a peace agreement.
On the contrary, it has branded Israel’s membership of the United Nations as “illegal” due to its decision not to apply resolutions 181 and 194, which divided the Palestine Mandate into two states and which include the right of return of the Palestinian population, respectively. . Thus, he has said that Israel’s accession to the body was linked to the application of these resolutions.
Tensions have risen in recent months in the West Bank after the latest attacks on Israelis, which have left more than 20 dead since March, including one claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. In addition, Israeli forces have killed more than 210 Palestinians so far this year, including 160 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and 52 in the Gaza Strip.