The constitution of Fatah presently calls for the destruction of Israel and contains the following unambiguous clauses that make this objective clear and unequivocal.
Article 12: Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.
Article 13: Establishing an independent democratic state with complete sovereignty on all Palestinian lands, and Jerusalem as its capital city …
Article 22: Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine …
On 9 September 1993 the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – which also happens to now be headed by Abbas – was required to give the following commitment to Israel before the Oslo Accords were signed:
“In view of the promise of a new era and the signing of the Declaration of Principles and based on Palestinian acceptance of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, he PLO affirms that those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israel’s right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent with the commitments of this letter are now inoperative and no longer valid. Consequently,the PLO undertakes to submit to the Palestinian National Council for formal approval the necessary changes in regard to the Palestinian Covenant”
Whilst there is considerable doubt as to whether the clauses mentioned were subsequently changed in the PLO Covenant, nevertheless Israel declared that it was satisfied such changes had been effected and proceeded to negotiate with the newly constituted Palestinian Authority on the basis of the above commitment.
No such commitment however was sought from Fatah nor was any commitment given by Fatah to similarly delete the offending clauses from its own separate constitution either in 1993 or in 2009 when the opportunity arose to do so at this week‘s convention.