Press TV has conducted an interview with Hani al-Basoos, a professor at the Islamic University of Gaza, from Washington to get his take on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks over popular resistance against Israeli occupation.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: How likely will Israel give in to Abbas’s conditions?
Al-Basoos: I don’t think that the Israelis will give in to Abbas’ conditions. We understand the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition government are extremists who do not believe in peace, they do not believe in establishing a Palestinian state. And he made it clear in a statement in his campaign for the election that no Palestinian state would be established. So, I don’t think that such an extremist person will give in to Mr. Mahmoud Abbas and to the Palestinians.
This is what led Abu-Mazen, Mahmoud Abbas, to make his statement saying that the possibility for the Palestinian people is to struggle against the Israeli occupation. Because, we today commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, which is continuous, where the Israeli army and Jewish forces in Palestine 67 years ago expelled most of the Palestinian people.
The situation is continuous in Gaza and the West Bank and even in Jerusalem [al-Quds]. I think even the stand which has been taken by the Israeli government for past few year, which is sustained now by the Israeli government, would not give any chance for the peace process to come back again to life. I think the chance for the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people is to stand against the occupation.
There are many means and methods could be used by the Palestinian Authority like going to the UN. And the UN, we understand the fact, the UN has not even been able to make a stand with the Palestinian Authority to satisfy the needs of the people of Palestinian. When it comes even to the United States, which has not been able to even make any pressure on Israeli side, I think, the only one of the means for the Palestinian people is to stand against the Israeli occupation by all means they have. That is what we have been witnessed for the past few days that Palestinian factions and the Palestinian Authority … calling for an end to the Israeli occupation.