Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen called to redirect the "compass" of battle against Israel and resist American and Israeli efforts to create secondary battles in order to divert the Arab nation from its primary battle, against Israel, "which is defiling the Islamic and Christian holy places and taking control of the land." Speaking on the official Palestinian Authority TV channel on July 23, Muhaisan said this was an historic opportunity to change the course of events in the Middle East. "Can't anybody lead the armies for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque?" he asked, adding: "One does not beg for rights. Rights are taken by force."
Jamal Muhaisen: "The main role of Fatah lies in the battle taking place in Jerusalem with regard to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but this is the battle of all Palestinians... And every Palestinian should be involved in it... I call upon everybody who is [in the fray], and first and foremost upon Fatah, to become increasingly involved. This is an historic opportunity to change the course of events in the entire region. The enemy of the region, of the Palestinian people, and of the Arab and Islamic nation is Israel and none other. The United States and Israel are trying to create battlefronts... Let me tell you, our enemy is not Iran. The enemy of the Arab and Islamic nation is not Iran. The enemy of the Arab nation is Israel. The compass must be directed against Israel. Anybody who follows the statements by Netanyahu and all the Israeli leadership [realizes] that they are trying to ignite an Arab-Iranian conflict, so that casualties will be on the Islamic side, and the Arab and Islamic forces and everything in the region will be destroyed, while Israel looks on from the sidelines. The battle is with Israel. We are remiss in dealing with those who have occupied our land, and destroyed our holy places, and all we do is draw up plans for anyone who even thinks of doing this, that, or the other. I believe that if we are united in our battle..."
Interviewer: "Is the battle [only] against Israel as an enemy, or also against some parties that are trying to interfere in the Palestinian issue?"
Jamal Muhaisen: "We will not allow any party – Arab or non-Arab – to interfere in our internal matters or in any internal Arab affairs. But let me just reiterate that the number one enemy of the Palestinian people and of the Arab and Islamic nation is Israel. The U.S. and Israel are trying to create secondary battles for the Arab nation, in order to divert it from its primary battle, against Israel, which is defiling the Islamic and Christian holy places and taking control of the land.
"These armies, which have been amassing [power] for 50 years, with Arab money and at the expense of the livelihood of Arab citizens... All the military capabilities of the Arab nation should be directed against the occupation, with all due respect to the high-ranking [officers]. The main battle is the battle for Jerusalem, the battle for Al-Aqsa. Allah linked the Kaaba and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, when He brought the Prophet Muhammad there at night, and sent him to the skies from Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the gateway to Heaven.
"The resurrection of Jesus was also from Jerusalem. Therefore, the Arab and Islamic nation has no other option but to turn the compass of its conflict, and to redirect it to its true direction – against the Israeli enemy, which has been perched on our land for 70 years, and has been occupying Al-Aqsa for 50 years. In the days of the [Caliph] Mu'tasim, armies were mobilized for the sake of one woman, so can't anybody lead the armies for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque? Do we need to beg the world to mediate? One does not beg for rights. Rights are taken by force."