And lest it be forgotten, here's what two prominent Palestinian Arabs have had to say on the subject of rapprochement with the Zionist Entity:
First, Hamas's Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, in a television interview in July, translated by MEMRI:
"Palestine in its entirety is Islamic waqf land, which cannot be relinquished....
At this moment in time, we say to you, first of all: We want Palestine in its entirety - so there will not be any misunderstandings. If our generation is unable to achieve this, the next one will, and we are raising our children on this. Palestine means Palestine in its entirety, and Israel cannot exist in our midst."He explained that Hamas would view any Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, or a compromise agreement with the Palestinian Authority as only a "first stage" towards the destruction of Israel in its entirety.
Second, Dr Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian Authority's Head of Foreign Relations, speaking on Lebanese television in July (translation also by MEMRI):
We will not sacrifice the 1.5 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship who live within the 1948 borders, and we will never agree to a clause preventing the Palestinian refugees from returning to their country. We will not accept this....
The recognition of a [Palestinian] state is basically a bilateral action, which receives the blessing of the UN. This act, however, will make many things possible in the future. Eventually, we will be able to sign bilateral agreements with states and this will enable us to exert pressure on Israel. At the end of the day, we want to exert pressure on Israel in order to force it to recognize us and to leave our country. This is our long-term goal."