From The Jerusalem Post’s blog, ‘Warped Mirror’
On the occasion of the Khomeini-invented “Qods Day” last Friday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unsurprisingly declared that international recognition of a Palestinian state should only be regarded as a first step because the “ultimate goal” was “the liberation of the whole of Palestine.”
Of course, Ahmadinejad also threw in some expressions of his trademark Jew-hatred, describing Israel as “a center of microbes” and “a cancer cell” that shouldn’t be allowed to exist in even “one iota of Palestine.”
Given this rhetoric, the Palestinian leadership apparently felt the need to quickly react to Ahmadinejad’s statement. Palestinian Authority (PA) spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh promptly declared that Ahmadinejad’s “words do not help anyone except the Israeli right who are against our bid at the UN, and put in doubt our intentions and obligations to a two state solution based on the 1967 borders.”
The remark that Ahmadinejad’s words “do not help anyone except the Israeli right” is perhaps a reference to Bennie Begin’s eloquent warning that the Palestinians are not really interested in a two-state solution, but rather in a “two-stage solution” of the kind described by Ahmadinejad.
However, Israeli opposition to Palestinian efforts to get UN recognition for a state without any commitment to peace is hardly limited to the right; likewise, it’s not just the Israeli right that has grave doubts about Palestinian intentions – and for good reason.