Ahmed Qurei 311 AP.
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The option of resistance is always there as long as the occupation exists, the former Palestinian Authority prime minister Ahmed Qurei said in an interview with al-Hayat on Sunday.
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The senior PLO official continued by saying that although the resistance option exists, "the question is what options we choose." He stressed that such decisions require in-depth, courageous and responsible introspection and discussion in order to choose the appropriate option.
On the possibility of a UN Security Council resolution declaring settlements in the West Bank as illegal, Qurei said that while such a resolution would be "theoretically possible, practically it would be difficult," according to the al-Hayat
report. He said that he would like to tell the world "that the settlements are illegal," pointing out that such a statement in itself is quite sufficient, especially if made by the Security Council.
Reacting to Yasser Abed Rabbo's recent statement
that the PA would
recognize Israel as a Jewish state in exchange for 1967 borders, he told al-Hayat
"No one can agree to any project or solution that does not bring the
Palestinian people their full rights. No one wants to sign an agreement
that detracts from the rights of the Palestinian people."
Speaking about reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas
, he said that
"without addressing the divide, we can not conduct serious negotiations
with the Israelis, and we can not confront Israel coherently" while
divided, according to the report. He also said that the Fatah-Hamas
split was the product of an "Israeli conspiracy.
Addressing recent statements suggesting that the Palestinian Authority
might dissolve itself or that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas might resign if the peace talks fail, he dismissed talk of the PA
dissolving as "nonsense." Responding to the idea of Abbas resigning, he
said, "Abbas is the only alternative to Abbas."