Secrets from the Palestinian boudoir
Via MEMRI: The video
From the transcript:
PLO Ambassador to Lebanon Abbas Zaki, in an interview OTV on November 7, 2008 with OTV:
We consider the U.S. to be an enemy because its only strategic alliance is with Israel.
Interviewer: How could you possibly accept your enemy in your land?
Abbas Zaki: What do you mean? We meet even with Israel.
Interviewer: How can you consider Israel to be your enemy, if you signed a peace treaty with it?
Abbas Zaki: Allow me... This enemy... If I had the capabilities of the U.S. – would I be fighting it or negotiating with it?
Interviewer: Israel ceased being an enemy once you signed a peace treaty with it. I don’t know how it could be your enemy. Do you talk to the Israelis as if they were your enemies? Do you talk to Israel as a friendly or enemy country?
Abbas Zaki: An enemy country, which owes us certain things. The heroic Vietnamese used to negotiate with the French, while they were slaughtering them.
Interviewer: I can assure you that in his speeches, Abu Mazen says the U.S. is a friendly country.
Needless to say, to be critical of a country's policies is by no means the equivalent of being this country's enemies. Seems to me Mr. Zaki is traducing Abu Mazen's sotto voce, musings about the PA - US relationship through his own rather narrow and dark prism.
What an irresponsible "ambassador" for Palestinian affairs and interests.