Meet Mahmoud Abbas
While the US and Israel try to work with Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, when others in Israel are hesitant to trust him because of his past, they should not be simply dismissed as alarmists. Meet Mahmoud Abbas.
"At this present juncture, I am opposed to the armed struggle because we can't succeed in it, but maybe in the future things will be different," he said.
The PA president also expressed pride both in himself and his organization, Fatah, for trailblazing the path of resistance.
"I had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965 and of being the one who taught resistance to many in the region and around the world; what it's like; when it is effective and when it isn't effective; its uses, and what serious, authentic and influential resistance is," Abbas said."It is common knowledge when and how resistance is detrimental and when it is well timed," he addad. "We (Fatah) had the honor of leading the resistance and we taught resistance to everyone, including Hizbullah, who trained in our military camps."
He did not say he is opposed to fighting Israel because he seeks peace and coexistence. Rather, "because we can't succeed in it."
I think in this space I have voiced support for trying to work with Abbas. But what I will not do is deride those who fear this because they do not trust him. They have good reason, as you can see.