Beware the Palestinians’ Phased Plan

This week’s meeting between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal highlighted their common strategic goal, despite their bitter rivalry in recent years: The PLO’s “Phased Plan” aimed at the establishment of a Palestinian state in all of what was Palestine within the Ottoman/British Mandate borders.

Abbas (who is both the chairman of the PLO, established in 1964, and Fatah, established in 1959) told the U.N. General Assembly last year that the highest Palestinian authority was the PLO, and that the “occupation” began in 1948 and not in 1967.

On August 14, 2009, Abbas concluded the Sixth Convention of Fatah, which ratified its platform, calling for the continued struggle – through peaceful and armed means – to eradicate the Jewish state. Fatah’s policy is founded on the claim of return for the 1948 Arab refugees, self-determination, an independent state and the PLO’s 10-point Phased Plan ( ), formulated by the PLO’s Palestinian National Council in June 1974....

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