Arafat in an interview with a Russian newspaper (Novoya Vremya, May
25, 1997):Q:Is it possible that the Palestinians will return to the armed struggle?Arafat: Anything is possible.
Q: Including the armed struggle?
Arafat: It is not possible to foresee what will happen to the entire region, not just in
The entire region is in danger and on the verge of complete chaos, as a result of violations of
the peace agreement by Israel.
Q: In your opinion, is Hamas a terrorist organization?
Arafat: The Hamas movement is one of many patriotic movements.
Q: Even its military wing?
Arafat: Even its military wing. One should not forget that the movement took an
Poem read on the Voice of Palestine, the official PA radio station, on May 22, 1997 during
active part in the intifada.
the morning news program “A New Day” as part of a series of “Songs of the Homeland”. The
same poem was read on the Voice of Palestine during the September 1996 riots:”O our beautiful land imprisoned in a cage and surrounded by wolves,My shaded garden, the tormentors have destroyed you,
and the dogs have settled in you, O Jerusalem, O my city,
With my notebook and pencil and the fire of my rifle I will shatter the cage,
I will kill the wolves and plant the flag,
The dogs will not bark in the heroic cities.”