May 22, 2024 Special Dispatch No. 11345

Mahmoud Habbash, Advisor To Palestinian President Abbas: Without A Solution To The Palestinian Issue, October 7 Will Be Repeated 100 Times; Hamas Derailed Us From The Path To Statehood

May 22, 2024
Palestinians | Special Dispatch No. 11345

Mahmoud Habbash, an advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a May 17, 2024 interview with Russia Today TV that October 7 was a result of Hamas's miscalculation of the means and forms of resistance. He said that the Palestinians were on the path to forcing a Palestinian state on Israel and the world, but Hamas has derailed them from this path by carrying out the October 7 attacks at the wrong time. He stated that all Palestinians have the right to "resist the occupation," and he said that if there will be no comprehensive, just, and lasting solution the Palestinian issue, October 7 might happen one hundred times again.

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"Unless There Is a Comprehensive, Just, And Lasting Solution To The Palestinian Issue... October 7 Might Happen Again A Hundred Times, And Perhaps In A More Serious Manner"

Mahmoud Habbash: "Unless there is a comprehensive, just, and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue based on international law and the UN resolutions, at the very least – October 7 might happen again a hundred times, and perhaps in a more serious manner. They need to understand this. As Palestinians, succumbing to the reality on the ground does not exist in our national vocabulary. This concept does not exist in our minds, in our history, or in our political culture. Therefore, we insist on obtaining our rights.


"We Were On The Way To Impose A Palestinian State On Israel And The World... It Is Becoming Clearer By The Day That Hamas Took Us On The Wrong Path, At The Wrong Time"

"Does Hamas have the right – as do I, and every Palestinian – to engage in resistance against the occupation? Absolutely yes. But resistance is not a random and arbitrary movement. Resistance is a carefully planned enterprise. One should choose the right means, at the right time and place, in the right form. If we make a miscalculation regarding the resistance, its means, and its forms – we will be, inadvertently, at a loss. This is what happened on October 7.

"The majority of Palestinians believe that the right to resistance is sacred, but the question is when and how.


"We were on our way to impose a Palestinian state on Israel and the world, but unfortunately, Hamas took us far off this path.

"Instead of taking us the Palestinian people – on the optimal course, it is becoming clearer by the day that the Hamas took us on the wrong path, at the wrong time."

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