Finance Minister Yair Lapid was challenged to back up his weekend claim to the Wall Street Journal that Hamas could be negotiated with, giving the PLO as an example of a “former” terror group, Arutz Sheva reports.
“It’s not like it didn’t happen before,” Lapid said. “The PLO used to be a terror organization.”
In response, Jewish philanthropist William Langfan called Lapid out, offering him $200,000 if he could prove the PLO is no longer a terror organization.
In a letter to the editor, Langfan wrote, “I respectfully suggest that Lapid read Article 33 of the PLO 1968 Charter and ask himself where and when the Palestinian National Council (PNC) voted to modify or annul one article of their Charter.”
“The Charter unequivocally states that the establishment of Israel is illegal and void and that
they would use armed resistance until Palestine was liberated. Charter Article 33 clearly states that no change in the Charter can occur unless 2/3 of the PNC members vote for a change.
“I hereby offer Lapid $200,000 if he can come forward with a voted PNC resolution specifying the Articles of the Charter which have been changed or annulled pursuant to (PA Chairman Yasser) Arafat’s January 1998 letter to President Clinton,” continued Langfan, referring to a promise to change the charter that never occurred.
Lest their be any doubt, senior Fatah official, Abbas Zaki has repeatedly said that public proclamations favoring a diplomatic, compromise solution with Israel were simply a ruse to pave the way for Israel’s ultimate destruction. Zaki related to the recent U.S.-sponsored diplomatic efforts in the same way, saying that any concessions gained through negotiations were just the first stage in the destruction of Israel.