Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he is opposed to taking up arms against the Israeli occupation, but ‘warned’ he might “change his mind” in the future.
“I do not support armed Palestinian resistance, but that could change. It could change — tomorrow, the next day or some other time. Everything changes,” Abbas told the Saudi Arabian news station Al Arabiya.
“The [Palestinian] people are being oppressed and oppressed and oppressed to the point where they explode,” he said, adding that “Palestinians are being made to lose their patience.”
Meanwhile, Abbas said in Wednesday’s interview, “Security coordination is a part of the agreements [with Israel]. When it comes to security coordination our approach is to fight terrorism no matter where.”
He noted that the PA has signed agreements to “combat violence and terrorism” with 85 countries worldwide.
“We are, along with Israel, against terrorism and violence. But if Israel continues with its behavior, I will not be bound by the security agreement. I will cancel my commitment to it,” he said.
Few hours after his interview with Al Arabiya, Abbas headed for Saudi Arabia.