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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