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The PLO In Its Own Words

Palestinian Quote Sheet #37

On resumption of terrorism:

"If the negotiations reach a dead end, we shall go back to the struggle and strife, as we did for 40 years. It is not beyond our capabilities....

"If and when Israel will say, `That's it, we won't talk about Jerusalem, we won't return refugees, we won't dismantle settlements, and we won't retreat from borders,' then all the acts of violence will return. Except that this time we'll have 30,000 armed Palestinian soldiers who will operate in areas in which we have unprecedented elements of freedom."

--- Nabil Shaath, planning minister and leading negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, speaking at a symposium shown on Palestinian television. (The Jerusalem Post, 15 March 1996)

On cooperation with Israel:

"If I have information about terror activity in Area B, I won't give it to the Israelis."

--- Jibril Rajoub, head of Palestinian secret police for the West Bank. Israel is responsible for security in "Area B." (Yediot Ahronot, 12 April 1996)

"Our forces will fight, of course. They have already received their orders."

--- Marwan Bargouthi, explaining that Palestinian soldiers will shoot at Israeli soldiers should Israel reenter regions under the Palestinian Authority. Bargouthi is Secretary General of Fatah, Yasser Arafat's mainstream faction of the PLO. (The Independent, 12 March 1996)

This is the thirty-seventh in a series of quote sheets prepared by

IRIS (Information Regarding Israel's Security)

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