Palestinian Authority chief says he was solicited to convince Egypt’s president to leave
Violence sparked by Muslim Brotherhood
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he thought the Arab Spring was a wasted effort from the beginning.
But he said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had another opinion, since she called him to solicit help getting rid of a longtime U.S. ally, Egypt President Hosni Mubarak.
“One day, before the Jan. 25 [Egyptian] revolution, I was with then-President Hosni Mubarak, and when the events of Jan. 25 began, U.S. Secretary of State [at the time] Hillary Clinton phoned me and asked me to phone president Mubarak and persuade him to step down. I asked, ‘What do I have to do with the Egyptian matter? We are facing chaos, the rise of the MB, or both,’” he said in a Nov. 30, 2014, interview with the Egyptian daily Akhbar Al-Yawm.
The comments were uncovered and translated by officials with the Middle East Media Research Institute.
MEMRI said the interview addressed “the stalemate in the negotiations with Israel and the Palestinian alternatives to the negotiations, including appealing to the U.N., stopping the PA’s security coordination with Israel and transferring responsibility for the Palestinian Authority to Israel.”
Abbas said Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood are a “gang of liars,” with Hamas responsible for the July 2014 fighting in Gaza.
Abbas warned the way things are now, without changes, “ISIS will also emerge in the West Bank.”
He also said in the interview he “did not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, because this contradicted the Palestinian interests by harming Israeli Arabs and preventing the return of the Palestinian refugees. He said that there were six million Palestinian refugees wishing to return to their homes, and he was one of them, and that creative solutions had to be found for the refugee problem, because ‘we cannot close the door to those who wish to return.’”
Abbas also said there is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood, and that organization, in fact, is responsible for terror groups including ISIS, al-Qaida and Jabhat al-Nusra, which sometimes is called al-Qaida in Syria.
“In my recent meeting with Obama, he asked me about the situation in Egypt, and I explained to him that the process of democratization was about to be completed,” Abbas said. “He asked me about the Brothers [Muslim Brotherhood], and I explained to him that there was no such thing as Brothers there.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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