Sunday, October 25, 2009

Peace with Whom? 'Moderate Leader' Barghouti Calls to Resume Terror

( Palestinian Authority arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, often touted by Israel's left as a “moderate” PA leader, has called on the PA to resume its support for terrorist attacks on Israelis. His comments were printed last week in Al-Quds.

The PA should support terrorists in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria) who launch attacks on Israel because it has been proven that the PA cannot achieve its goals by negotiation alone, Barghouti explained. He called to continue negotiation as well, and to pursue both peace talks and terrorism simultaneously.

Barghouti compared Israel to Nazi Germany, saying, “The occupier's defeat is certain, its fate will be no different than the fate of Nazism or fascism.”

Barghouti is serving five life sentences in prison in Israel for his role in fatal terrorist attacks. In August, he was elected in absentia to the top spot on the Fatah terror group's central council.

His new position led to renewed calls from Israel's political left to free him and allow him to take part in leading the PA. Israel should release Barghouti “in order to create a strong and moderate political leadership among the Palestinians,” Minister Avishai Braverman of Labor said.

MK Gideon Ezra of Kadima said Barghouti should be freed because “Israel needs a strong man who can negotiate.”