TEL AVIV – In an interview with the independent Palestinian Ma’an news agency on January 19, Tawfik Tirawi, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said, “Palestine stretches from the river to the sea… a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, is just a phase, as far as I am concerned.”
Watch a video of the interview here.
Tirawi, who admitted that his opinions are “extreme,” said that he would accept a state along the 1967 borders as a first step, but warned: “Don’t think that there can be a solution to the Palestinian issue by establishing a state the borders of which are limited to the West Bank and Gaza. I challenge any Palestinian to say that the map of Palestine is limited to the West Bank and Gaza.”
He added that late PLO leader Yasser Arafat promised to establish a Palestinian state on all of Israel, and not just within the 1967 borders.
Earlier this month, Breitbart Jerusalem reported Tirawi’s remarks on Palestinian TV, which included a claim that Adolf Hitler “was not morally corrupt, he was daring.”
Last November, Tirawi lauded his two-year-old son for expressing his desire to murder “Zionists” in a children’s song called “Escort the Martyr to his Wedding.”
“Today, his mother told me that he sang: ‘Daddy, buy me a machine gun and a rifle, so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists,’” Tirawi said, adding that his son was “not yet three!” and yet was already expressing Palestinian nationalism.
“The Palestinian, by nature and education, feels a sense of belonging to the land and the homeland,” he explained.
On another occasion, Tirawi said that armed resistance was the only way forward and the Palestinians were being forced into negotiations with Israel by the West. “Negotiations will bring us nothing… we, all Palestinian factions, must return to the cycle of action. When we will do this, many things will change.”