Israeli Arab Leader to Palestinians: Stop Violence, Work Together for a State

Israeli Arab Leader to Palestinians: Stop Violence, Work Together for a State


Mansour Abbas, a Muslim Arab political leader who is also an Israeli citizen, issued a message Friday to the various Palestinian factions, urging them to abandon violence and to work together to push for a Palestinian state through political means.

Abbas, 49, leads the United Arab List (Ra’am) party in the Knesset, and was part of the previous Israeli government that served from 2021 through 2022.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room, Abbas said that Hamas had done great damage to the Palestinian cause, and suggested a different, non-violent path forward:

Any action that is taken against innocent people — against women, children, elderly — is inhumane, and it goes against the values of Islam as well. And we categorically condemn this. This … cannot be justified, because it goes against all human values and religious values as well.

But at the same time, of course, we cannot forget that there is a political struggle that is happening. But the actions that the armed groups have decided to take, and to use violence in order to achieve their means, looking at the past, have always failed. And the victim of each and every one of those militant attempts have been the Palestinian people, who were the ones who paid the price…


The Times of Israel noted that Abbas’s statement to CNN made him “the first Arab party leader in Israel’s history to publicly call on the armed Palestinian factions to demilitarize…[]…to establish a Palestinian state through non-violent means.”



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2 Comments on Israeli Arab Leader to Palestinians: Stop Violence, Work Together for a State

  1. He is a traitor who pretends he does not know that the Likud party program guarantees the Israelis that there will never ever be a Palestinian state. It is Nethanyahu’s pronounced life mission that there will never be one.
    Furthermore, the far-fight coalition promised to topple the Netanyahu government by leaving, if he backs out of Gaza. If his government falls he will go to jail on corruption charges alone, and add above this that the Israelis see him as the one responsible for 7th October disaster.

    Hamas already tried the non-violent path by accepting all UN Security Council Resolutions such as 242, where Israel is supposed to back off and hand over 23% of historic Palestine to the natives. See the Hamas charter:
    See an Israeli article:

    Hamas was not supposed to abandon the fight for all of Palestine which is why the Israeli deep state funded them via proxy. Back in the day, the Israelis were gripped with panic when the PLO decided to lay down the weapons and accept international law. This was internally referred to as “the Palestinian peace offensive” which led to the idea of funding “radical Islam”.

    Israel unilaterally ended the cease-fire in 2008 when Hamas was reaching out for a long-term truce, Israel provoked them in 2012, Israel assassinated the Hamas liaison officer to Israel while he was negotiating for a long-term truce etc. etc. etc. the pattern repeats,
    All this is described in detail, with sources in Prof. Norman Finkelstein’s book “Gaza – An Inquest to its Martyrdom”.
    The Palestinians have their fair share of traitors and Abbas is also one of them as well.

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