By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

The de facto chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas is once again asking Hamas to recognize Israel as a precondition for the formation of a prospective national unity government.




In a speech in Ramallah on Saturday, 28 February, Abbas said any Palestinian unity government ” will have to be committed to our values and respect agreements previously signed by the Palestinian Authority.”




Abbas didn’t explicitly say that Hamas would have to recognize Israel. However, this is exactly what every Palestinian listening to his speech understood from his statements.




Well, it is really sad and lamentable that the Palestinian political discourse has stooped to this level of national apostasy.




Palestinian leaders from time immemorial never stopped urging our masses to resist Zionist aggression and never give up the dream of earning our freedom from the cruel hands of Zionism.




Hence, the fact that a late comer shamelessly urges his own people to recognize the legitimacy of their oppressors and dispossessors, who have just incinerated hundreds of children in Gaza using White Phosphorus bombs, is more than demeaning and injurious to our collective national spirit.




First of all, Abbas should realize, in case he doesn’t, that recognizing Israel would mean a full-embrace of the Zionist narrative, a blaspheme by any other name.




It would mean a recognition, or at least an acknowledgement, that Israel had the right to wrest Palestine from its rightful owners by way of employing murder, terror and ethnic cleansing. It would mean that all the massacres and atrocities Israel perpetrated were legitimate.




In other words, Abbas is effectively demanding that Hamas and other Palestinians morph themselves into full-fledged Zionists.




But Israel seeks more than just a mere recognition of its “right to exist.” The nefarious entity insists that all Palestinians (and all Arabs) recognize her as a Jewish state.




In real terms, this would imply that the sizeable Palestinian community in Israel, whose existence in their ancestral land, had preceded the advent of modern Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe by numerous centuries, will have to be expelled, partially or wholly, at some point in the future?




So, one might really wonder if the PA leader is asking Hamas to recognize Israel’s “right” to expel more than 1.5 million Palestinians on the ground that Israel is a “Jewish state” and that non-Jews have only a transient right to live within the state?




Indeed, one would be stating the obvious by arguing that neither Abbas, nor Fatah, nor Hamas, not even the 23 Arab kings and presidents-for-life, have the right to speak on behalf of these admirable Palestinians who clang to their homes despite all the harassment and institutionalized persecution meted out to them by successive Zionist governments.




Apart from Zionist criminality, there are a thousand other reasons why no dignified Palestinian should ever contemplate recognizing Israel.




The PLO, which everyone is trying to rehabilitate these days, lost its chastity when it was duped into recognizing Israel through the scandalous Oslo Agreement. And instead of receiving a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, as the famous mantra goes, in exchange for that unethical recognition, it got more Jewish-only colonies, narrower horizons for the Palestinian masses and a Nazi-like gigantic wall that effectively transformed Palestinian towns and villages into open-air prisons.




So, I want to ask Mr. Abbas and his cohorts. Did Israel recognize a viable and sovereign Palestinian state in exchange for that stupid PLO recognition?




I am asking this question because even the stupidest and most demented Palestinian wouldn’t have given Israel a free recognition?




Furthermore, I want to ask you Mr. President, which Israel do you want Hamas to recognize? Is it Israel according to the partition plan? Is it Israel according to the 1949 armistice agreement? Is it Israel according to the pre-1967 borders? Is it Israel with East Jerusalem? Is it Israel with the Golan Heights? Is it Israel with Shaba Province? Or is it Greater Israel which according to some rabbinic authorities includes Jordan (Eastern Yeretz Yisrael!!), Syria, Lebanon, as well as large parts of Egypt, Iraq and northern Saudi Arabia?




I am posing these questions because until today, Israel has no fixed borders. Didn’t you hear the gurus of Zionism claim during the recent blitzkrieg in Gaza that Israel had the right to prevent any international ship to access the blockaded and thoroughly starved coastal territory?




More to the point, could you tell me Mr. President why a Palestinian government of national unity would have to recognize Israel when the Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine?




Aren’t you aware that the government which the notorious pathological liar, Benyamin Netanyahu, is trying to form will include manifestly fascist parties such as Habayt ha’yahudi (the Jewish Home), Ichud Leumi (National Union) Yisrael Beitenu (Israel is our Home) and Shas? Even Netanyahu himself doesn’t believe in a Palestinian state as evident from his vacuous charade about effecting economic prosperity in the West Bank.




You are supposed to be an expert on Zionism and sufficiently familiar with the Nazi-like ideologies espoused by these racist parties.




So, why haven’t you insisted on parity and reciprocity with Israel by demanding that the PA wouldn’t negotiate with any Israeli government that doesn’t recognize a truly sovereign and territorially contiguous Palestinian state on at least 100% of the occupied territories?




I really can’t understand why the Palestinians have to give up all their “bargaining cards” when Israel continues to kill any realistic prospects for the creation of a Palestinian entity that is worthy of the name?




Mr. President, one doesn’t have to be especially smart to tell Hillary Clinton and other western emissaries that they have no right to demand that Hamas recognize Israel and abandon armed struggle as long as the Israeli government includes fascist political parties that not only deny our right to freedom and self-determination but also go as far as demanding our enslavement, banishment and even physical extermination.




You may examine their declared and undeclared platforms and see for yourself the evilness of their designs against our people.




Yes, one doesn’t have to have a specially high IQ to utter these most logical words and put up a brave and dignified stance on behalf of our people. But one does have to be courageous, a character that the present PA leadership obviously doesn’t possess.





Finally, we all know that there is not the slightest chance in hell that Hamas will recognize a Zionist Israel, mainly for religious and moral reasons. A Hamas that recognizes a Zionist Israel simply loses its raison d’etre.


  1. hank said,

    March 1, 2009 at 15:36

    Viva Palestine!
    Israel is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator…

  2. Palestinian2 said,

    March 1, 2009 at 15:45

    hamas has the balls and guts that the PLO used to have before they were bought out. lets hope they dont loose them also.

  3. Bertiz Benhamid said,

    March 1, 2009 at 18:20

    The most true and awesome statement that has ever been written. It deserves recognition and applause.
    It is a shame that many Arab and none Arab puppets are in power in order to mislead their own people in order to aquire political and financial gain for themselves. Let the Revolution of the Palestinian Arab people live on
    till victory is achieved.

  4. Editor said,

    March 1, 2009 at 18:46

    Insightfully pertinent.

  5. irish4palestine said,

    March 1, 2009 at 20:00

    Israel and the USA need to learn the lesson, they cannot pick and choose whom they negotiate with. HAMAS has a political mandate, they were duly elected in a democratic election. I remember when Bush said “today the Palestinains are having a democratic election” of course not expecting Hamas to win the majority. that’s the problem when people vote in democratic elections LOL. The sooner Israel and the US realise this the better. England and America finally learned this in Ireland,now it’s time to learn the lesson in the Middle East as well.

    Any deals the US or Israel attempt to make with FATAH (because they think they can get a better outcome for themselves) will fail miserably as they do not hold the majority of support of th people.

  6. Dr. Dan said,

    March 1, 2009 at 21:47

    I want to know when ISRAEL is going to recognize all NON-Jews as FULLY EQUAL Humans with a RIGHT TO EXIST!? When is ISRAEL going to EXPUNGE GOYIM, GENTILE, SHISKA, etc. from ALL their writings?

  7. March 2, 2009 at 02:30

    […] to give to others that which it demands for itself. By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine ABBAS HAS NO RIGHT TO ASK HAMAS TO RECOGNISE ISRAEL Desertpeace The de facto chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas is once again asking Hamas […]

  8. Paul Fritz-Németh said,

    March 2, 2009 at 06:13

    Since January 09, 2009 Abbas is no longer President and should not be recognized as such. Had George W. Bush declared that he was still the President of the US he would have been laughed out of the country. So, why is the West still treating that little twerp still as the President? The whole PLO gang should be arrested and hanged as traitors to the Palestinian cause.

  9. tellallali said,

    March 2, 2009 at 06:21

    It is important for the Palestinians to ‘recognize’ Israel and particularly to recognize those war criminals and politicians in Tel Aviv who have waged a genocidal war aginst them for over half a century.

    Who knows one day they may be asked by an international criminal court if they ‘recognize’ any of those in the dock.

  10. stingray said,

    March 2, 2009 at 06:31

    Hamas will recognize Israel. Israel simply has to :-

    * lift the siege of Gaza
    * pay the millions of tax revenue Israel is withholding
    * dismantle all the (illegal) West Bank settlements
    * dismantle the ‘peace fence’
    * release the 10,000 illegally detained Palestinians
    * return stolen east Jerusalem land
    * allow right of return for displaced Palestinians
    * pay reparations for 60 years of systematic destruction

    If Israel can do that then I’m sure Hamas will be happy to recognize Israel all day long, and most of the night.

  11. Samurai said,

    March 2, 2009 at 21:19


    “All the current troubles in the world are all because of
    that shitty little country Israel”
    * * French Ambassador to England Daniel Bernard * *
    December 2001

    Mahmoud Abbas…Traitor Hang him high!!

  12. March 2, 2009 at 23:57


  13. March 3, 2009 at 20:51

    Like it or not what that Prime Minister Bernard said was partially true, we are dousing our freedoms in kerosene & continuing to rob the world blind and get worse & worse daily bending ourselves backwards for this…..

    All thanks to that ‘country’ of Israel and who owns it, the undemocratic Zionist globalists some who are Jewish some undefined all who want to rule the world for their stupid little government conspiracies.

  14. TDoc said,

    March 3, 2009 at 21:57

    As the United States and Israel refuse to deal with Hamas, several European countries are willing to talk, in order to find a cure to the conflict. Also, the United Nations are making the best call by asking Israel to implement a “genuine settlement freeze.” No more expansion.

    Do we need to spell it out WHO needs to get something done???

    Apparently, people are sharing different views on recovering Gaza in this video:

  15. March 16, 2009 at 01:29

    Im really lovin the site.
    Keep up the great work.

  16. March 17, 2009 at 16:41


    El sionismo corrompe el alma del israelí a igual que el nazismo corrompió el alma de los alemanes, y ambos movimientos son comparables:
    1.- El nazismo se consideraba la raza aria superior los sionistas se consideran el pueblo elegido por Dios por lo cual son superiores a cualquier otro pueblo de la tierra.
    2.- El nazismo hablaba del espacio vital los sionistas de la tierra prometida por Dios.
    3.- Los nazis tenían a la S. A. los sionistas al Irgún, ambas agrupaciones criminales.
    4.-Los nazis tenían la S. S. los sionistas el Sterm
    5.- Los nazis efectuaron la anexión de Austria los sionistas del 78 % del territorio asignado a los palestinos en 1948 por la O. N.U.
    6.- Los nazis se anexaron la ciudad de Menel de Lituania, los sionistas Jerusalén oriental
    7.- Los nazis efectuaron genocidio con polacos , rusos, homosexuales, opositores al régimen y con los judíos, los sionistas con su antepasado el holocausto de todos los pueblos Cananeos y en 1948 de Deir Yassin, Balael, Esh- Sheikl, Sa ” Sa, Ed Darwayimet, Tartura y mas reciente Sabra , Chatila , Jenin.
    8.- Los nazis instalaron colonos en los territorios ocupados los sionistas en la Cisjordania.
    9.- Los nazis efectuaron limpieza étnica en los territorios ocupados los sionistas efectuaron limpieza étnica de los territorios palestinos ocupados, generando el problema de los refugiados palestinos.
    10.- Los nazis tuvieron por dirigente al genocida Hitler los sionistas al falso profeta Samuel el mayor genocida de la historia, pues Hitler permitía vivir como esclavo a los presos políticos, pero Samuel ordena matarlos a todos y mas en la actualidad tuvieron al genocida Issac Chamir y Ariel Sharon.
    11.- Los nazis internaban en campos de concentración a opositores al régimen sin juicio, los sionistas mantienen en los campos de concentración de Faran al noreste de la Franja de Gaza, Etzión al noreste de Hebrón, Dulan cerca de Jenin y las infames cárceles de Kitziot, Nachson a palestinos sin juicio.
    12.- Los nazis tenían como política de estado la violación de los Derechos Humanos, los sionistas igual con el pueblo palestino.
    13.- Los nazis efectuaban ejecuciones sumarias sin derecho a un juicio justo, los sionistas efectúan crímenes iguales al asesinar a dirigentes palestinos sin juicio.
    14.- Los nazis internaban en ghettos a los judíos los sionistas mantiene en ghettos a los ciudadanos palestinos por ejemplo Tarturia, Jenin , Ebrón, Gaza, etc
    15.- Los nazis efectuaron la matanza de los ciudadanos de Lídece ( Checoslovaquia ), por la muerte del Gaulieter Henrich los sionistas asesinaron a centenares de palestinos de la ciudad de Jenin por la muerte del ministro de turismo israelí.
    16.- Los nazis tenían leyes raciales que impedían el casamiento de alemanes con ” razas inferiores” , los sionistas tiene leyes raciales que impiden el casamiento de israelí con palestinos.
    17.- Los nazis para identificar a los judíos los obligaban a usar la estrella de David en sus ropa, los sionistas tiene pases especiales para identificar a los palestinos de los israelí.
    18.- El nazismo fue condena por la O. N. U. por ser un régimen racista el sionismo también fue condenado por la O. N. U y sólo con la intervención descarada de Estados Unidos fue levantada esta condena
    19.- Los nazis tenían la GESTAPO para perseguir a los enemigos del régimen los sionistas tienen al MOSSAD.
    Creo que con lo expuesto es suficiente para demostrar el paralelismo repulsivo entre el sionismo y el nazismo

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