Abbas Endorses Arab Joint List in Upcoming Knesset Election

Denies he’s ‘interfering’ in Israeli politics, saying, ‘It is our right as members of the same nation to [endorse] them.’

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
Abbas attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the PLO in Ramallah, March 4 2015
Abbas attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the PLO in Ramallah, March 4 2015Credit: AP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas came out in support of the joint Arab electoral list for the upcoming Knesset elections, saying, “We welcome the Joint List and wish them much success. This is not interference [in domestic Israeli politics] it is our right as members of the same nation to [endorse] them.”

Abbas made the remarks at the opening of the Palestinian Central Council, one of the institutions of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

“We identify with every political force in Israel that recognizes the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders and opposes racism, discrimination and apartheid,” the Palestinian president said.

Abbas added: “I support the popular resistance not only in the areas of the Palestinian Authority but throughout the world in the name of Palestinian justice, until the day that the existing resistance is insufficient and needs to be reinforced. The meaning of the resistance is resisting the occupation and on behalf of establishing a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.

“They tell me to recognize [Israel as a Jewish state] and I resist. [ISIS] calls itself an Islamic state and Israel [calls itself] a Jewish state and in principle they’re the same thing, so we oppose a Jewish state as we oppose the Islamization of the Middle East.”

The PA president went on to say, “We oppose two entities, one in the West Bank and one in the Gaza Strip, and we oppose the Giora Eiland plan to establish a state in Gaza and we oppose a state with temporary borders.”

He accused Israel of “baldly violating its agreements,” singling out this week’s massive military exercise in the West Bank in preparation for a possible violent uprising

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