Nabil Shaath said
it was "absolutely" a mistake for Palestinians to militarize the second intifada — the 2000-2005 uprising that claimed about 4,000 Palestinian and 1,000 Israeli lives amid suicide bombings and Israeli military strikes.
"I have no qualms about telling you, yes, it was [a mistake]," Mr. Shaath said. "It was not supposed to have gone military, and it did get out of hand. We are much more careful this time around."
and a mistake he doesn't admit to:
...Palestinian officials say that they will resume their effort to gain U.N. membership, and that they could launch a nonviolent third intifada because they see no chance of reaching a peace deal with the current Israeli government...the U.N. campaign is just one aspect of what many Palestinian officials describe as the "South Africanization" of their struggle — an approach that seeks to isolate Israel diplomatically while engaging in mass nonviolent protests.
"We can learn from the South African struggle against apartheid that international activism works," said Nabeel Shaath, Fatah's commissioner for international relations. "You don't really have to shoot in order to get your rights."
Mr. Saidam, the Abbas adviser, posited that a third uprising could be "an electronic intifada," citing this week's hacking attack on Israel's stock exchange and national airline, as well as Facebook campaigns calling for the boycott of Israeli goods.
"When I talk about a third intifada, I'm not advocating, nor am I anticipating, a repetition of the scenes of the past," he said. "It will be a clever, more technology-based approach."
a. if they won't negotiate now, opting out of that framework would only prove to more Israelis that there really is no option but to at least continue to retainn the territories;
b. another intifada will get out-of-hand and will go military because Hamas is more powerful even in Judea and Samaria and because that's how the masses have been educated - Jews are pigs, monkeys and they poison Arabs, et al.
Yet another mistake:
"We always say, if Rabin was alive, we would have been in a different situation completely," said Issa Kassissieh, deputy head of the Palestine Liberation Organization's negotiation affairs department. "He was the only one that was able to strike a deal with the Palestinians. He had a vision."
Well, from Rabin's last major policy speech in October just before being killed:
Members of Knesset,
We are striving for a permanent solution to the unending bloody conflict between us and the Palestinians and the Arab states.
In the framework of the permanent solution, we aspire to reach, first and foremost, the State of Israel as a Jewish state, at least 80% of whose citizens will be, and are, Jews.
At the same time, we also promise that the non-Jewish citizens of Israel -- Muslim, Christian, Druze and others -- will enjoy full personal, religious and civil rights, like those of any Israeli citizen. Judaism and racism are diametrically opposed.
We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority. The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines. And these are the main changes, not all of them, which we envision and want in the permanent solution:
A. First and foremost, united Jerusalem, which will include both Ma'ale Adumim and Givat Ze'ev -- as the capital of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty, while preserving the rights of the members of the other faiths, Christianity and Islam, to freedom of access and freedom of worship in their holy places, according to the customs of their faiths.
B. The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term.
C. Changes which will include the addition of Gush Etzion, Efrat, Beitar and other communities, most of which are in the area east of what was the "Green Line," prior to the Six Day War.
D. The establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria, like the one in Gush Katif.
...the primary obstacle today, to implementing the peace process between us and the Palestinians, is the murderous terrorism of the radical Islamic terrorist organizations, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which are joined by the rejectionist organizations...We are also repeating our demand that the Palestinian Authority fulfill its obligation, in accordance with the agreements that we have signed with it has signed to be more severe, to step up, and to intensify its actions against the murderers and enemies of peace in the area under its control. We know the Palestinian Authority has taken a series of measures that have foiled attacks, but they can do more, much more, against the terrorist organizations -- the enemies of peace.
And look who talks about principles:-
"My great letdown is how rapidly this administration backed down when it came to Israel, whether on the settlements or on anything else," said Hanan Ashrawi, a longtime Palestinian spokeswoman and lawmaker. "We saw how principle and values were abandoned so quickly in favor of narrow self-interest."
Although she may be right here:-
Ms. Ashrawi said..."I'm getting to the borderline of saying it's no longer possible. ... I think 2012 is the end."
The end of a "state of Palestine".