Abbas Zaki: We consider the U.S. to be an enemy because its only strategicÂ alliance is with Israel.
Interviewer: How could you possibly accept your enemy in your land?
Abbas Zaki: What do you mean? We meet even with Israel.
Interviewer: How can you consider Israel to be your enemy, if you signed aÂ peace treaty with it?
Abbas Zaki: Allow me… This enemy… If I had the capabilities of theÂ U.S. – would I be fighting it or negotiating with it?
Interviewer: Israel ceased being an enemy once you signed a peace treatyÂ with it. I don’t know how it could be your enemy. Do you talk to theÂ Israelis as if they were your enemies? Do you talk to Israel as a friendlyÂ or enemy country?
Abbas Zaki: An enemy country, which owes us certain things. The heroicÂ Vietnamese used to negotiate with the French, while they were slaughteringÂ them.
Interviewer: I can assure you that in his speeches, Abu Mazen says the U.S.Â is a friendly country.
Abbas Zaki: Well, this isn’t true. Perhaps Abu Mazen, in his position, needsÂ to use diplomatic language, but he is the greatest critic of the U.S.
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