The following are excerpts from an interview with the new leader of Fatah, Farouq Qaddumi:
Qaddumi: Resistance is the path to reach political settlement because we do not claim we are capable of defeating the Israeli army. But this policy was determined by the PLO when our brother the martyr, our brother the president, Abu Ammar, stood at the United Nations in 1974 and said: "I hold a gun in one hand and an olive branch in the other."
Qaddumi: [Arafat said:] "Don't let the olive branch fall from my hand." He meant, "I am ready for political negotiations, but if there are no political negotiations, we will continue carrying the gun." This has been clear since 1974.