PMO: Palestinians should direct anger at extremist leaders (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON 05/15/12)
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Rather than demonstrating against Israel, the Palestinians should be
directing their anger over "Nakba Day" at the extremist Palestinian
leadership which 64 years ago rejected any accommodation, Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s spokesman Mark Regev said Tuesday.
Palestinians marked Nakba Day (the "Day of Catastrophe" marking the
anniversary of the establishment of Israel and the creation of the
Palestinian diaspora) on Tuesday with rallies and demonstrations in
various locations in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, as
well as a number of neighboring Arab countries.
Regev said the demonstrators should ask themselves why they are not
celebrating 64 years to the establishment of a Palestinian state, in
parallel to Israel´s celebration of its Independence Day two weeks
"The answer is clear," he said. "The Palestinian leadership in 1947
and 1948 adopted an extremist and maximalist position. Unlike the
Jewish leadership, they rejected partition and refused to accept a
Jewish state even in truncated borders."
The object of Palestinian anger should not be Israel, he said, but
rather the Palestinian leadership at the time which "said all or
nothing, and in so doing betrayed the Palestinian people."
Regev said he would ask the demonstrators if the current Palestinian
leadership had learned the lessons of "extremist and maximalist"
"I would ask those demonstrators why the current Palestinian
leadership still has a problem recognizing the legitimacy of the
Jewish state," he said. "I would ask them if they are not repeating
the same mistakes of the extremist leadership form ´47 and ´48." (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/15/12)
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