As some of you know, I frequently talk about the difference between what is written and spoken by various Islamic and Mid East leaders in English, versus in Farsi, or Arabic, or other native tongues.
One of the almost, sickeningly so, refreshing things about Ahmadinejad of Iran, Moqtada Sadr in Iraq, Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon, and of course, Hamas in Israel, is that they are less politically sensitive.
So, Ahmadinejad can come out and advertise to the world his Holocaust denial conference, and his intention to “wipe Israel off the map”.
Hamas, no matter how gently they are nudged, refuses to back away from their official policy of an Islamic state in “Palestine” killing all the Jews.
But, generally, the “suits” don’t allow these feelings to be revealed.
They count on Western ignorance of Arabic and the lack of attendance at mosques or Madrasses.
However, there was once a very significant slip.
It is printed below:
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.
“For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.” (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)