Former chief Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath, who is the Commissioner for International Relations for the Fatah movement and Advisor to President Abbas on Foreign Affairs, said in an interview that he had "never thought that there was any problem with engaging in armed struggle, and at the same time, engaging in political and diplomatic efforts in support of your cause." Speaking on the Palestinian Awda TV channel on May 29, Shaath said that the Palestinians’ right to engage in armed struggle is "indisputable."
Nabil Shaath: "Our cause is just, and our right to engage in armed struggle is indisputable. The Israelis have not come here through negotiations. It is not that they got our permission to come here. They are plunderers who have come here through weapons and killing, attempting to banish… and they succeeded in banishing a large part of our people by force. So our right to engage in armed struggle is indisputable.
"Whenever you are fighting your enemy by the use of armed force, you need to have a clear vision of the political and diplomatic activity, which may reduce the number of your enemy's allies and increase yours, giving you an opportunity to exert pressure upon your enemy. You are the one whose cause is just, you are under occupation, it is your land that was stolen and it is your rights that were denied. Therefore, I have never thought that there was any problem with engaging in armed struggle, and, at the same time, engaging in political and diplomatic efforts, in support of your cause."