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Nabil Shaath

Nabil Shaath is a Fatah MP, the Commissioner of International Relations and a former Central Committee member. In Febuary 2017, he was appointed by Abbas as his advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations, with the rank of minister.

Fatah official: We support intifada but don't want military escalation because "the price is very high" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 28, 2015
     "Asked about his expectations regarding the possibility of escalation of the popular insurgency, [Fatah Central Committee member Nabil] Shaath refused to describe it by this term (insurgency) [parentheses in source], and said: ‘I do not like to call it popular insurgency (habba jamahiriya). As far as I am concerned, it is the third intifada, (intifada thalitha) and this time it is our young who started it, particularly in Jerusalem.’… Regarding the concern of losing control over the situation and the popular insurgency turning into an armed intifada, Shaath clarified that he is not interested in things deteriorating and getting out of control, and turning into a military intifada, as happened in the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), and explained this by saying: ‘It is not because we are against armed conflict. We carried out armed conflict for 38 years, and the Fatah Central Committee sacrificed 14 Martyrs. The reason is that we think that according to how things appear at the moment, the situation cannot continue as it is, and Hamas already tried this in Gaza, and we tried it in the West Bank.’ In addition, he noted that the price is very high... Shaath added: ‘We did not choose military resistance because facts have shown that we cannot liberate the homeland by that means, at least not at this stage, as it has a high price, and will drag us into the cycle [of violence] in which Israel is interested. This does not mean that we do not see armed conflict as a main means, but we are opposed to it [at the moment], but we have the right to choose it, as we are fighting against Israeli soldiers who are occupying our land.”

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Fatah expresses condolences for terrorist who murdered 2 in the Old City 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2015
Headline: “Fatah delegation expresses condolences over the death of the Martyr Muhannad Halabi and visits the wounded of the aggression (i.e., having killed 2 Israelis, the terrorist was shot and killed)”
       “A Fatah leadership delegation expressed condolences yesterday [Oct. 10, 2015] over the death of Martyr (Shahid) Muhannad Halabi in El-Bireh. Likewise, the delegation visited the wounded of the non-stop Israeli aggression against our people on the West Bank…
In the mourners’ tent, brother Azzam Al-Ahmad spoke in the name of the delegation. He expressed condolences in the name of the Fatah movement, and emphasized that the Palestinian people will continue to protect itself against this aggression, and that it is more determined to fight – whatever the sacrifices might be – until the occupation disappears and its independent state with its capital in Jerusalem will be established.”

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Nabil Shaath: Jews visiting Temple Mount, Ribat fighters will "be the spark that sets off the impending explosion", calls for "riots of rage"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2015
      "Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of International Relations Dr. Nabil Shaath stated... that the continuation of the Israeli occupation's attacks on the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Jews visiting the Temple Mount) and the Ribat fighters (Murabitin - those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) will be the spark that sets off the impending explosion, whose onset and scope no one can predict. Likewise, he called on the Palestinian and Arab masses to carry out riots of rage."
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Fatah commissioner calls Israel ‎‎“occupied interior” and claims Israel ‎seeks to “expel” Arabs from Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 15, 2015
     ‎“Fatah Commissioner for International ‎Relations [and Fatah Central Committee ‎member] Nabil Shaath… called on the ‎Palestinian people in the occupied interior ‎‎(i.e., Israel) to reject the notion of the ‎Jewish state, which is meant to expel ‎whoever is left from among our people on ‎their land, occupied in 1948, [and do so] ‎by adhering to the principles of equality ‎and justice, creating democratic ‎awareness based on sacrifice, and ‎invigorating popular resistance.”‎
Senior PA leader: Israel is the enemy 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 4, 2015

Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath:‎ "The problem in Jerusalem is the ‎Israelis, the Israeli enemy, and what it is doing in Jerusalem. Israel wants to swallow all ‎of East Jerusalem.‎"
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PA leader: Palestinian nation must “carry out Ribat in defense of Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV program Personal Encounter hosted senior PA leader Nabil Shaath:
Senior PA leader Nabil Shaath: “First of all, the Palestinian nation is taking responsibility. First, it is taking responsibility for Palestinian land in general and Jerusalem in particular, and it is still – today was a bloody day in Jerusalem, but our nation redeems Al-Aqsa and the Islamic and Christian holy places in Jerusalem with its blood… In the end, it is the destiny of the Palestinian nation to carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in defense of Palestine – [the Palestinian nation] that stands firm so that Palestine will not be lost; and we will fight so that the Palestinian cause does not become obsolete. Our role is to stand firm, wage Ribat, resist, support and build.”
PA tactics of peace talks: PA waiting for release of prisoners before suing Israel in international court 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2013
Headline: “Calls to petition international UN organizations to sue Israel”
     “In a statement made to an Arab-Israeli radio station on Wednesday [Nov. 27, 2013] chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that if it were up to him the Palestinians would not wait for the conclusion of the nine months [of negotiations with Israel] to petition international institutions, including the International Criminal Court…
Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Nabil Shaath explained in a statement published yesterday [Nov. 29, 2013] by the [Israeli] Maariv newspaper, that ‘due to the prisoners (of whom only half have been released) [parentheses in source], we haven’t stopped negotiations and haven’t petitioned the UN.’”
PA official Nabil Shaath: Arafat “died of poisoning, and I have no doubt about this” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013
Part of the fourth episode of the 2011 Palestinian-produced documentary “Arafat” was broadcast on PA TV again in January 2013 as an introduction to a PA ceremony.
Narrator: “Wondering about the nature of Arafat’s disease continued. Did he really fall ill, or had Israel managed to poison him?”
Nabil Shaath: “In my opinion he died of poisoning, and I have no doubt about this. The problem, of course, is how and who brought the poison, and how was it administered? Those are the questions we have.”
PA official Nabil Shaath: Arafat knew that a second Intifada would put pressure on Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013
Part of the fourth episode of the 2011 Palestinian-produced documentary “Arafat” was broadcast on PA TV again in January 2013 as an introduction to a PA ceremony. The film states that at Camp David, Arafat was subjected to fourteen days of heavy American-Israeli pressure to abandon Palestinian claims for the Right of Return and for Jerusalem.
Part of the film shows Arafat speaking about Camp David:
    
“Everyone will understand that no one in the Palestinian people or in the entire Arab nation can bow down or surrender. Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) march to Jerusalem! Millions of Martyrs march to Jerusalem! Millions of Martyrs march to Jerusalem!”
Narrator: “The Camp David summit failed, and [Bill] Clinton held Arafat responsible for the failure. This was the preface to very serious events. [Then Israeli Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon violated the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., The Temple Mount), and the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) – known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada – began on Sept. 28, 2000 as a direct reaction to this [Sharon’s] violation. This was, however, also a reaction to years of determined Israeli efforts to subject the Palestinians and their national authority.
Nabil Shaath: “He (Arafat) saw that a repeat of the first Intifada, in new forms, would provide the necessary popular, international, and Arab pressure on Israel, since it was already impossible to continue denying our right to Jerusalem and the right of the refugees, the two principal issues.”
[The film relates the destruction of buildings in the PA’s Muqata'a headquarters, other than Arafat’s office building, that took place during the siege, and it then broadcasts his well-known statement]: ‘They want me prisoner, they want me exiled, they want me dead, but I say: Martyr, Martyr, Martyr!’”
PA leader glorifies Hamas terrorist leader Al-Ja'abari as "hero" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 22, 2012
Senior PA leader and member of Fatah Central Committee, Nabil Shaath:
     "We are all gathered here [in Gaza] because of the unity [between Fatah and Hamas]. This unity will win further victories for us. Blessings to the Martyrs, and may Allah have mercy on the hero Ahmed Al-Ja'abari and on all the Martyrs."
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Note: Ahmed Al-Ja'abari was Head of Hamas' military wing and responsible for the deaths of dozens of Israelis. He was killed by Israel at the start of Operation Pillar of Defense (Nov. 2012).
PA leader Nabil Shaath emphasizes that the PA opposes armed conflict “because it harms our people” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 10, 2012
Headline: "Shaath: Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and to the world, setting out all the options other than armed conflict"
     "Nabil Shaath said that the letter from President Mahmoud Abbas to the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and world leaders, would be sent in the coming days, and that it would include all Palestinian options other than the armed struggle. In response to a question by MAAN News Agency concerning the content of the letter and the sections relating to security coordination and the dismantling of the PA, Shaath said: 'The letter includes all the options other than the armed conflict, because it harms our people, and we are opposed to it.' He added that the letter would raise important questions concerning the future and Israel's honoring of international agreements and demands. He noted that the letter is part of the activity that will put Israel and the world to the test. Shaath said: 'Our international plan depends on the Israeli response to the letter, which does not reflect a state of despair amongst the leadership, but rather a refusal of the reality.' He added, 'The letter from the Palestinian leadership will not suffice with reminding Israel of signed agreements, but will go further, clarifying the matter of the PA’s right of control over its areas and its residents, freedom of movement and economic activity, the prisoners, as well as Israeli's severe violations and its ignoring of all the signed agreements, especially the Oslo Accords.'"
Fatah official promotes non-violent resistance since armed struggle and peace not possible 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2012
     "The Palestinian Reconciliation Council, in conjunction with the Beit Al-Hikma Institute, held an open encounter in Gaza yesterday on the topic, 'Horizons of National Reconciliation and its Challenges', attended by Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath…
Shaath concluded his words [with the need] to inculcate the popular struggle and non-violent resistance among our people, since the option of the armed struggle and the option of peace negotiations have been blocked."
Nabil Shaath: The PA terror campaign ("second intifada") was planned by Arafat to put pressure on Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2011
Excerpt from PA TV four-part documentary Arafat
Part 4:
"The Besieged President"
Narrator: "The Camp David Summit [in 2000] failed, and [US President Bill] Clinton held Arafat responsible for the failure. This was a prelude to very grave events: [Israeli Parliament Member] Ariel Sharon invaded the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem (i.e., the Temple Mount), and the second Intifada, known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada, broke out on Sept. 28, 2000 as a direct response to this invasion. However, it was also an outburst against Israel's insistence over the years on suppressing the Palestinians and (speech unclear) their National Authority."
Nabil Shaath, member of the negotiating team: "[Arafat] saw that repeating the first Intifada in new forms, would bring the necessary popular, international, and Arab pressure upon Israel, because it was already impossible to continue denying our right in Jerusalem and the right of the refugees, which are the two main topics [of conflict]."
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PA official Nabil Shaath: The Palestinian leadership initiated the armed struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 8, 2011
Headline: “In spite of international threats and pressure that the PA is contending with – Shaath declares that the leadership is determined to apply to the UN, and the price will not be taken into account”
     “In spite of international threats and pressure on the PA to dissuade it from applying to the UN General Assembly for recognition of the Palestinian state as an ‘observer state’ at the UN, the leadership has declared that it will continue with this step. Fatah Central Committee Member and Governor for International Relations Nabil Shaath told WAFA: ‘The price is not being taken into account in the Palestinian leadership’s agenda. Otherwise, we would not have initiated the armed struggle. Any nation that confronts its enemy and wants to end an occupation, pays a price.’ He added: ‘But I’m sure that the Arab states will stand with us and support us in this step and in its ramifications.’
Shaath recalled what the Saudi Arabian Kingdom did two weeks after the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) broke out, when it transferred half a billion dollars and committed to and transferred an additional half billion dollars from the Gulf states. He declared that if the Israelis dare [to act against the PA] or if the United States does anything stupid to cause the Palestinian leadership and people to pay a price, the Great Arab Nation will not abandon the Palestinian people, [but] will stand by it…
He declared that in spite of its limited capabilities and resources, the Palestinian people is rooted on its land. It will not leave and it will oppose the occupation by various ways and means.”
Fatah and PA officials “applaud” the Shalit deal and the release of Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Headline:
"Forces, leaders and institutions applaud achievement of agreement for prisoner release"
     "Factions, forces, public figures, national leaders and non-governmental institutions applauded the conclusion of an agreement for the release of prisoners and committed themselves to continue the struggle to liberate the thousands of prisoners who were not included in the deal.
Dr. Nabil Shaath, member of the Fatah Central Committee and Commissioner of International Relations, regarded the agreement as a great national achievement. He emphasized the commitment of the Fatah movement and the leadership to continue the struggle and to act for the release of all our heroic prisoners…
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, applauded the conclusion of the agreement since this shortens the duration of the suffering and pain of the prisoners, their families and their children, and because this agreement joins the national achievements of the Palestinian people which fights and acts for the liberation of its sons and daughters from the occupation's prisons.
He said that the conclusion of the agreement does not mean an end to action and activity to liberate the rest of the prisoners, numbering more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Fatah official Shaath expresses commitment to non-violent resistance to French delegation 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2011
Headline: “Shaath to French solidarity activists: Your presence provides support for Fatah strategy”
     “Member of the Fatah Central Committee and Commissioner of [the movement’s] International Relations, Nabil Shaath, met yesterday with a French delegation of solidarity activists. Shaath explained to the French delegation the Fatah movement’s strategy with regard to popular resistance, international activity, building state institutions, and national unity. He emphasized the commitment to non-violent resistance to the occupation and its plots…
Shaath emphasized that the Palestinian people is committed to the peace process, and stated that the return to negotiations requires the fulfillment of the conditions for their success, especially concerning the need to freeze settlement. Shaath asked the solidarity activists to embark on a broad campaign of boycotting Israel, in order to pressure its government to recognize the rights of the Palestinians and to end the occupation.”
Fatah MP lobbies in Europe for removal of Hamas from list of terror organizations 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2011
     “At a press conference following the meeting [between Nabil Shaath, Fatah MP and Central Committee member, and Amr Musa, Secretary General of the Arab League], Shaath added: ‘We are in a situation that requires aid, because we are facing the Israeli occupier, and right now there is no hope of any sort of negotiations with them. This is because they do not recognize the sources of authority of the peace process, nor the need to implement that which was agreed upon in the past.’…
He emphasized that the result of the [planned Palestinian] elections is what will determine the level of participation of each faction in the future Palestinian government, such that no one will be left out. He said, ‘I was recently in Europe, and we are acting for Hamas to be removed from the list of terror [organizations] and for the countries of Europe to recognize any national government in which Hamas and the other elements participate.’”
Fatah MP: US veto at UN “made me happy because it showed Washington’s true nature” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2011
     "In response to a question about the ramifications of the American veto [on a unilateral declaration of independence] for the Palestinian cause, [Fatah MP Nabil] Shaath said: ‘This veto did not surprise me. On the contrary, it made me happy, because it showed Washington’s true nature, and revealed that the US stands alone against 14 member states of the Security Council.”

Note: These comments were in response to the US veto of a UN resolution on the issue of Israeli building in Jerusalem and the West Bank (Feb. 18, 2011).
Fatah MP calls for filing suits against Israel in international courts and for Europe to remove Hamas from list of terror organizations 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2011
     “At a press conference following the meeting [between Nabil Shaath, Fatah MP and Central Committee member, and and Amr Musa, Secretary General of the Arab League], Shaath added: ‘We are in a situation that requires aid, because we are facing the Israeli occupier, and right now there is no hope of any sort of negotiations with them. This is because they do not recognize the sources of authority of the peace process, nor the need to implement that which was agreed upon in the past.’… Shaath continued: ‘Right now we are outside of negotiations, and inside the strategy of the popular struggle and escalating it, boycotting Israel and its goods, and activity to achieve recognition by further [countries] for an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital… Our role requires that we act in all international forums, both in the International Court of Justice and the [International] Criminal Court, in order to file suits against Israel because of its dangerous racist measures.’… He emphasized that the result of the [planned Palestinian] elections is what will determine the level of participation of each faction in the future Palestinian government, such that no one will be left out. He said, ‘I was recently in Europe, and we are acting for Hamas to be removed from the list of terror [organizations] and for the countries of Europe to recognize any national government in which Hamas and the other elements participate.’…
In response to a question about the ramifications of the American veto [on a unilateral declaration of independence] for the Palestinian cause, Shaath said: ‘This veto did not surprise me. On the contrary, it made me happy, because it showed Washington’s true nature, and revealed that the US stands alone against 14 member states of the Security Council.”
Goal of Central America tour is to gain more recognition of Palestinian state 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2011
Headline: “Fatah emissary discusses with El Salvador recognition of Palestinian State”
     “Nassim Al-Allam, emissary of the Fatah Commission for International Relations, yesterday concluded his visit to the Republic of El-Salvador, the first stop on his tour of Central America. The purpose of the tour is to seek recognition for an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967…
The Commissioner for International Relations, Nabil Shaath, said that the visit is taking place within the framework of the Commission’s activity to obtain additional recognition for the independent Palestinian state, to explain Fatah’s position on the various political developments, and to expose the true Israeli intentions regarding the peace process. He added that Fatah’s political program… would be part of the agenda of the Central American tour, in order to gain the support of additional foreign supporters for the non-violent Palestinian struggle, pushing the occupation state into the corner, boycotting it, prosecution [of it] for its crimes against our people and adopting practical and effective steps to pressure Israel to end the occupation in the Palestinian territories.”
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