Any thought that he is truly interested in peace with Israel (outside of a short-term strategic cease fire) is clearly wishful thinking.
And it is interesting to note that while the press and world leaders had a field day over the Iranian screed they are completely silent over the PLO remarks. Evidently when the people who make bigoted comments are "the good guys" there is no reason to castigate them. Where's Kofi Annan today?
The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the Fatah's military wing, expressed in a leaflet published Sunday its identification with the remark of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called to 'wipe Israel off the map.'
The Palestinian news agency Maan reported that in the leaflet, the Brigades stressed its 'Identification with and overall support of the position and declaration of the Iranian President, who called with all honesty to wipe Israel off the map of the world.'
The leaflet also said that 'We stress our support of the Iranian president's position toward the fictitious Zionist state, which will disappear with the help of Allah.'
The Brigades stressed that 'The acknowledgement of the State of Israel, the state that was established on Palestinian land, constitutes contempt of the Palestinian people, who sacrifice their blood every day for the sake of freeing Palestine and Jerusalem.'
The organization also emphasized its identification with Ahmadinejad's declaration that 'The battles conducted in the occupied territories are part of fate's commands and will be conducted in the next hundreds of years in the territories.'