- Palestinian Prime Minister
- “The fire will burn, the terror will grow.”
Ahmad Qurei (also known as Abu Alla) is the former chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and is currently the Palestinian Prime Minister. Queri has threatened violence against Israel, warning Israelis that “the fire will burn, the terror will grow” if an acceptable settlement is not reached regarding the contested land in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Qurei’s militancy began in 1968 when he joined the Fatah movement of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a terrorist group dedicated to the annihilation of Israel. Fatah defiantly declares its opposition to “any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine.”
In 1989 Qurei was elected to the Fatah Central Committee, and over the next several years he served in various capacities for the Palestininan Authority – including Minister of Industry, and Minister of Trade and Economy. Queri was also an architect of the Oslo Accords, whose failure to bring peace to the region he blamed on Israel.
In 1993 Qurei founded the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR). This Council was established to solicit money from foreign governments ostensibly to aid Palestinian humanitarian projects. In total, PEDCAR raised some $2.1 billion. The funds are now overseen by Yasser Arafat, who earmarks them not for social services to benefit Palestinians, but rather to augment his military capabilities and political influence.
Also in the 1990s, Qurei was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council, of which he became the Speaker in 2000. In 2003, Qurei was nominated by Yasser Arafat to fill the vacant post of Palestinian Prime Minister. He accepted the position, only to threaten resignation on a number of occasions due to disputes with Arafat over control of Palestinian the security forces.
Qurei has been a vocal supporter of Palestinian terrorism, dubbing it the “resistance of [his] people.” In a 1996 interview, when he was asked whether Arab violence against Israelis might re-escalate, Qurei said, “[This] is definitely possible, if this becomes an option that has no alternative. Today we have only two options: either the peace process continues, or a struggle in all its forms will be undertaken, including stoning the occupier. The answer to the occupation will be more dangerous than the Intifada. The weapons are distributed and the organization is bigger than in the past. The alternative to peace will be hard on the Israelis.”