Fatah, PA denounced Israel’s right to exist before Hamas deal

Amid speculation that the unity agreement between Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party and the terrorist organization Hamas will bring the PA's ideology closer to that of Hamas, Palestinian Media Watch notes that even before the agreement, the PA and Fatah have completely and openly rejected the coexistence of a Palestinian state with Israel.

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi recently called for a "return to the option of one Palestine from the river to the sea." During an interview on Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV channel, he also said that "the only solution before us is the historic solution presented by Fatah in 1968." 

"I'm telling you that the two-state solution does not exist. The two-state solution does not exist. The two-state solution is over," he also said.

In another speech last week, Tirawi called to "return to the bosom of legitimacy, to the bosom of the homeland, which is represented by [the] Gaza [Strip] and the [West] Bank, by Palestine—all of Palestine, from its [Jordan] River to its [Mediterranean] Sea. This is our goal."

According to the PLO Charter of 1964, the "liberation" of Palestine is the goal, but that does not include "territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip..." After the West Bank and the Gaza Strip came under Israeli control in the Six-Day War of 1967, however, the PLO changed its charter to include as its goal the sovereignty over those areas as well.

Posted on April 29, 2014 .