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The History of Palestinian Authority Rejectionism Towards Israel

Jordan’s King Abdullah II speaks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, during a group photo of Arab leaders, ahead of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia, March 31, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi / Pool / File.

For decades, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has rejected Israel’s right to exist. This rejectionism has a long historical background, and is deeply rooted in antipathy towards Jews and a Jewish state in any borders.

In February 1947, British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin explained why Britain would not continue its Palestine Mandate:

His Majesty’s Government have thus been faced with an irreconcilable conflict of principles … For the Jews, the essential point of principle is the creation of a sovereign Jewish State. For the Arabs, the essential point of principle is to resist to the last the establishment of Jewish sovereignty in any part of Palestine. [emphasis added]

[Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, UK parliament, February 18, 1947]

The Palestinian Arabs’ “essential principle” in 1947 of rejecting “Jewish sovereignty” in any part of the land was adopted in 1965 as the core ideology of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). This “principle” was reconfirmed in 1988 as the endgame of the PLO’s program to destroy Israel in stages, and it continues today as key to the doctrine of the PA.

While the PA on occasion has recognized the fact of Israel’s existence — solely for public relations reasons — it has never wavered in its rejection of Israel’s right to exist.

Even in front of world leaders at the United Nations last year, Mahmoud Abbas defined Israel as a “foreign entity,” established both “for colonialist purposes”and to “get rid of the Jews.” He worded it as “two birds with one stone.” Abbas did not need to elaborate any further.

The PA leadership close to him, his colleagues in Fatah, and PA children’s education programming on official PA channels all openly reiterate the same ideology on a regular basis — that Israel is an artificial state with no right to exist, and thus is destined for oblivion.

As Israel celebrated 76 years of independence this year, this rejectionist ideology remains the most fundamental message of the internal Palestinian conversation.

Just days before Israel’s Independence Day, PA TV featured a preacher who articulated the vision: “It is our duty to fight, confront, and carry out Ribat [i.e., religious conflict] in this land … and Allah willing Palestine will return free, from its [Mediterranean] Sea to its [Jordan] River.”

The anticipation of Israel’s destruction is not limited to TV sermons, but is the fundamental message that has been passed on to Palestinian children, constituting the essence of its vision for the future.

This map in Fatah’s children’s magazine tells the whole story.

[Fatah’s children’s magazine Waed, Issue 41, April 2022]

“Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea” is not a Hamas slogan that was initiated after October 7. It is a PA/Fatah slogan that has been adopted by all Palestinian terror factions as well as their supporters around the world.

The four critical drivers of PA rejectionism

The PA has built its rejection of Israel’s right to exist into a full science with a number of critical components:

1. The PA denies all the fully documented Israeli/Jewish history in the Land of Israel/Judea. The following are some of the thousands of examples of the PA’s transmission of this message:

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina: “The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are among the foundational pillars of history, and they are Palestinian holy places, and not Jewish holy places. There is no historical proof — despite all the excavations — that [the Jews] had any kind of presence in this land.”

[Official PA TV News, March 20, 2023]

Director of the National Action Committee in Jerusalem Muhammad Jadallah: “The false Israeli narrative, the alleged Jewish Israeli narrative, that they have relics in this city [of Jerusalem] — [None] of them for dozens of years have succeeded in finding [even] a tiny bit that belongs to them from any period of the long historical periods … Their narrative is false, but they want to falsify the true story, the correct story, the Palestinian Arab Islamic Christian story. They claim that they have roots in this city — and they completely understand that they have no roots.”

[Official PA TV, To the Capital We Will Go, April 30, 2023]

These denials come from the highest levels of the PA.

Abbas’ Advisor and PA Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “It has been proven that the continuous truth in this land is the Palestinian people, whose Canaanite ancestors lived in it more than 5,000 years ago … There was no First Temple and no Second Temple, and there also will be no Third Temple.” [emphasis added]

[WAFA, official PA news agency, March 20, 2023]

 

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “It is not possible, if we are objective, to call the human Israeli component a ‘nation.’ There never existed a Jewish nation nor a nation of Israel. They [Europeans] invented this issue in order to gather the Jews for colonialist goals that we all know.”

[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Facebook page, Feb. 28, 2024]

2. Once the PA denies Israel’s history and right to exist, it then must explain why the Jews are there at all.

To do so, it defines Israel as a colonial implant intended both to establish Western control and to solve the world’s Jewish problem by finding a place to dump the “human waste.” The following are some examples, starting with Mahmoud Abbas at the UN in 2023:

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the UN: “Britain and the United States … decided to establish and plant a foreign entity in our historic homeland, for colonialist purposes of their own… The truth is that these Western countries wanted to get rid of the Jews–and profit from them in Palestine. ‘Two birds with one stone.’” [emphasis added]

[Archive news, YouTube channel, May 15, 2023]

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The colonialist states conspired together to issue [the Balfour Declaration] — and foremost among them was Britain and America — in order to get rid of the Jews in Europe on the one hand and establish a so-called national home for them in Palestine on the other hand. The truth is that they wanted to build an outpost to protect their interests in our region.”

[Official PA TV, Feb. 12, 2023]

Palestinian researcher Muhammad Al-Yahya: “The Jews are arrogant by nature. They don’t accept the other. They always stick to themselves. The Europeans hated them and wanted to get rid of them, and therefore one of the interests of the European states… was to get rid of the Jews, so the idea started of establishing a Jewish state for the Jews… Their [Jewish] thinking is based on racism that caused them to be hated everywhere. The Zionist thinking is based on them being ‘God’s chosen people.’

In the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, in what was leaked of [it], there is a parenthetical sentence that they are fulfilling that has caused them to be hated by all peoples: ‘God created the land, and afterwards He created man to prepare the land for them [the Jews], and afterwards He created them so that they would be masters over them.’ The pure Jew has the outlook that he is of the people chosen by God.”

[Official PA TV, Returning, Jan. 17, 2023 and Feb. 27, 2023, May 14, 2023]

Palestinian political commentator Kamal Zakarneh: “They [Europe and America] are demonstrating a lot of solidarity with the Israeli occupation … Europe and America — succeeded in getting rid of the Jews, whom they themselves view as human waste, and they threw them out into Palestine. They created a place for them far away from them, far away from Europe. They don’t want reverse migration now and their [Jews’] return to Europe again.

They, Europe and America, are prepared to provide all the aid they can … to strengthen the occupation and leave the Jews where they are. [US President Joe] Biden said this during the events in Israel: ‘If there were not an Israel, we’d have to invent one.’ He would have invented it to absorb the human waste.” [emphasis added]

[Official PA TV, Oct. 24, 2023]

3. Nevertheless, denial of Israel’s history and right to the land is not enough to create a Palestinian right. So, the PA invented a history of its own, claiming that it represents a 5,000-year-old people who are descendants of Canaanites:

PA Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Director of Historical Sites Dirgham Al-Fares: “The Palestinian people today is a continuation of the original residents from the Stone Age … There was no monotheistic religion throughout the Iron Age. The Jewish religion formulated during the period of Babylonian Exile, and the ones who formulated it and developed it and developed the concept of divinity (i.e., monotheism) were our ancestors. We accepted the Jewish religion, and the Christian religion, and Islam.

Therefore, we always say that everything on the land of Palestine and the antiquities within it are a heritage of the Palestinian people, in any period and regardless of the character of the place, whether it is a place of worship, a synagogue, a church, or a mosque. And here a question could pop up for some people:

If we are the ancient Jews and we own the cultural heritage, then who is the occupier? … It is the right of the Jews in the world to come to Palestine for religious tourism, but under the sovereignty of the Palestinian state and according to the laws of the Palestinian state… Everything on the Palestinian land is ours. We own the land and the history… When I speak about Palestine, I’m of course talking about historical Palestine (i.e., both Israel and the PA areas.) These are our antiquities and this is what is proven by archaeology and the historical truths.” [emphasis added]

[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Sept. 13, 2023]

This is of course egregiously false. There is no Palestinian Arab history before the modern period. Absent of any such evidence, the PA, at its highest levels, simply denies whatever does not fit into its narrative:

Official PA TV host: “This site [i.e., the Western Wall] will remain the Al-Buraq Wall, to which only the Muslims have a right. Not as the occupation [i.e., Israel] claims in its mistaken Zionist narrative that this is the Wailing Wall. And it will return to its original state when the transient settlers leave … The Jews used the site as a place of worship only after the publication of the British Balfour Declaration in 1917, and this wall was not part of the alleged Jewish Temple.”

[Official PA TV, Capital of Capitals, June 14, 2023]

To reinforce its efforts to establish a false history, PA leaders in the official PA-owned media often combine creation of a new narrative together with its denial of Israel’s right to exist:

Official PA TV commentator Iyad Abu Zneit: “We [Palestinians] are first of all Canaanites, and therefore we have been in this land for many years … The Israelis are the ones who need to return to the lands they came from, lands throughout the world. Israel by its very nature is a foreign element. They established a state and afterwards brought residents to it.”

[Official PA TV, Nov. 14, 2023]

4. Finally, since Israel has no right to exist according to the PA, justice will only be achieved when Israel is removed and all Jews are expelled.

This was articulated by a senior Fatah official just three weeks after Hamas’ October 7 massacre. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his top religious advisor have also said it many times before:

Fatah Secretary in Spain Ahmed Ma’arouf: “Let them [Israelis] learn from history: There is no occupier who remained … The top priority is to strengthen the resolve of the Palestinian people on the Palestinian land in order to continue to resist. The day will come when we will sweep away this occupation from every centimeter [of Palestine].” [emphasis added]

[Official PA TV, Oct. 29, 2023]

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:“We have been the owners of this land since this land’s existence … We will remain in this land forever, while the attackers [Israelis] have no place in Jerusalem and no place here.” [emphasis added]

[Official PA TV News, Jan. 17, 2022]

Abbas Advisor and PA Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “[The] claim that this land is sacred to the Jews is based on fables … The foreigners [Jews] will leave, today or tomorrow. This land spits out its scum. It spits out everything that is foreign to it, and it will not be anything but ours.”

[Official PA TV Jan. 10, 2020]

 

Preacher on PA TV: “It is our duty to fight, confront, and carry out Ribat [i.e., religious conflict] in this land as much as we can. It is our duty to reject all the expressions of settlement, colonialism, and occupation … We reject all the expressions of the occupation [i.e., Israel], and Allah willing Palestine will return free, from its [Mediterranean] Sea to its [Jordan] River.” [emphasis added]

[Official PA TV, May 10, 2024]

Fatah’s children’s education likewise defines Israelis as “invaders” and promises that every single Jew will leave the land:

“There is no invader who invaded this land and did not leave it defeated in the end, and that is what will happen to the Zionist invaders.” [emphasis added]

[Waed, Issue 27, p. 23]

Algeria received independence in 1962, after 132 years of colonialism … At the end of the period of French colonialism, the number of French settlers in Algeria stood at approximately a million, and they all fled to France and left Algeria to the Arabs and Algerians.

Algeria’s experience assures that the Jewish settlers in Palestine will disappear in the end. [emphasis added]

[Waed, Fatah’s children’s magazine, ages 6 -15, Issue 28, p. 25]

The PA science of rejecting Israel is perhaps summed up best by this recent staff editorial in its official daily:

Seventy-six years of Nakba, the handiwork of the colonialist West that used it to strike and wound Palestine, which is still bleeding … Seventy-six years, and every Palestinian has his story about this great injustice… [The Israelis] took control of the land with violent colonialist behavior, and with an even more violent falsification. They claimed that the land is a land without a people for a people without a land and gave it a name [Israel] that would fit their fabricated Zionist narrative, which is still not recognized and which is unable to erase the name that the land has had since the dawn of history. Therefore, our [Palestinian] poet [Mahmoud Darwish] wrote: ‘It was called Palestine, and it is now called Palestine’… The stone of the youth in the great [first] Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, approximately 200 Israelis murdered, 1987-1993)… is still in their hand against the occupation (i.e., Israel). Their call is still heard, the call of freedom and independence, until the Nakba is defeated along with all the injustice and darkness that it caused, and this will certainly happen.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida website, May 15, 2024]

Israel moves forward in 2024 while PA remains stuck in 1947

While Israel in 2024 celebrates 76 years of independence accompanied by incredible growth, progress, and creativity that have benefited all humanity, the Palestinian Authority remains trapped in 1947, rejecting any “Jewish sovereignty” and refusing to live beside Israel as a neighbor.

Worse yet, the PA has indoctrinated the entire Palestinian population with these and many other hate messages together with justification and glorification of terror. This makes peaceful coexistence alongside the current Palestinian population an impossibility, and the creation of a Palestinian state an existential threat for Israel.

It is not enough for the PA to simply recognize the reality that Israel happens to exist. If it wishes to make any progress, it must accept the principle of Israel’s right to exist, reject its own falsifications of history, accept the truth of Israel’s history, and actively reeducate its population.

Ephraim D. Tepler is a contributor to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). Itamar Marcus is PMW’s Founder and Director. A version of this article originally appeared at PMW.

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One Part of Cyprus Mourns, the Other Rejoices 50 Years After Split

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves after attending a military parade to mark the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus in response to a short-lived Greek-inspired coup, in the Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus, in the divided city of Nicosia, Cyprus July 20, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Greek Cypriots mourned and Turkish Cypriots rejoiced on Saturday, the 50th anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of part of the island after a brief Greek inspired coup, with the chances of reconciliation as elusive as ever.

The ethnically split island is a persistent source of tension between Greece and Turkey, which are both partners in NATO but are at odds over numerous issues.

Their differences were laid bare on Saturday, with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attending a celebratory military parade in north Nicosia to mark the day in 1974 when Turkish forces launched an offensive that they call a “peace operation.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due later on Saturday to attend an event in the south of the Nicosia to commemorate what Greeks commonly refer to as the “barbaric Turkish invasion.” Air raid sirens sounded across the area at dawn.

Mitsotakis posted an image of a blood-stained map of Cyprus on his LinkedIn page with the words “Half a century since the national tragedy of Cyprus.”

There was jubilation in the north.

“The Cyprus Peace Operation saved Turkish Cypriots from cruelty and brought them to freedom,” Erdogan told crowds who gathered to watch the parade despite stifling midday heat, criticizing the south for having a “spoiled mentality” and seeing itself as the sole ruler of Cyprus.

Peace talks are stalled at two seemingly irreconcilable concepts – Greek Cypriots want reunification as a federation. Turkish Cypriots want a two-state settlement.

Erdogan left open a window to dialogue although he said a federal solution, advocated by Greek Cypriots and backed by most in the international community, was “not possible.”

“We are ready for negotiations, to meet, and to establish long-term peace and resolution in Cyprus,” he said.

Cyprus gained independence from Britain in 1960, but a shared administration between Greek and Turkish Cypriots quickly fell apart in violence that saw Turkish Cypriots withdraw into enclaves and led to the dispatch of a U.N. peacekeeping force.

The crisis left Greek Cypriots running the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, a member of the European Union since 2004 with the potential to derail Turkey’s own decades-long aspirations of joining the bloc.

It also complicates any attempts to unlock energy potential in the eastern Mediterranean because of overlapping claims. The region has seen major discoveries of hydrocarbons in recent years.

REMEMBERING THE DEAD

Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides, whose office represents the Greek Cypriot community in the reunification dialogue, said the anniversary was a somber occasion for reflection and for remembering the dead.

“Our mission is liberation, reunification and solving the Cyprus problem,” he said. “If we really want to send a message on this tragic anniversary … it is to do anything possible to reunite Cyprus.”

Turkey, he said, continued to be responsible for violating human rights and international law over Cyprus.

Across the south, church services were held to remember the more than 3,000 people who died in the Turkish invasion.

“It was a betrayal of Cyprus and so many kids were lost. It wasn’t just my son, it was many,” said Loukas Alexandrou, 90, as he tended the grave of his son at a military cemetery.

In Turkey, state television focused on violence against Turkish Cypriots prior to the invasion, particularly on bloodshed in 1963-64 and in 1967.

Turkey’s invasion took more than a third of the island and expelled more than 160,000 Greek Cypriots to the south.

Reunification talks collapsed in 2017 and have been at a stalemate since. Northern Cyprus is a breakaway state recognized only by Turkey, and its Turkish Cypriot leadership wants international recognition.

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Putin Jails US Reporter Gershkovich in Sham Trial

A Russian secret court found U.S. reporter Evan Gershkovich guilty of espionage on Friday and sentenced him to 16 years in a maximum security penal colony in what his employer, the Wall Street Journal, accurately called “a disgraceful sham conviction.”

Gershkovich, a 32-year-old Jewish American who denied any wrongdoing, went on trial in the city of Yekaterinburg last month after being accused of trying to gather sensitive information about a tank factory.

He was the first U.S. journalist accused of spying in Russia since the Cold War, and his arrest in March 2023 prompted many U.S. and other Western correspondents to leave Moscow.

U.S. President Joe Biden said Gershkovich did not commit any crime and has been wrongfully detained.

“We are pushing hard for Evan’s release and will continue to do so,” Biden said in a statement. “Journalism is not a crime.”

Video of Friday’s hearing released by the court showed Gershkovich, dressed in a T-shirt and black trousers, standing in a glass courtroom cage as he listened to the verdict being read in rapid-fire legalese for nearly four minutes.

Asked by the judge if he had any questions, he replied “Nyet.”

The judge, Andrei Mineyev, said the nearly 16 months Gershkovich had already served since his arrest would count towards the 16-year sentence.

Mineyev ordered the destruction of the reporter’s mobile phone and paper notebook. The defense has 15 days to appeal.

“This disgraceful, sham conviction comes after Evan has spent 478 days in prison, wrongfully detained, away from his family and friends, prevented from reporting, all for doing his job as a journalist,” the Journal said in a statement.

“We will continue to do everything possible to press for Evan’s release and to support his family. Journalism is not a crime, and we will not rest until he’s released. This must end now.”

Gershkovich’s friend, reporter Pjotr Sauer of Britain’s Guardian newspaper, posted on X: “Russia has just sentenced an innocent man to 16 years in a high security prison. I have no words to describe this farce. Let’s get Evan out of there.”

Friday’s hearing was only the third in the trial. The proceedings, apart from the sentencing, were closed to the media on the grounds of state secrecy.

Espionage cases often take months to handle and the unusual speed at which the trial was held behind closed doors has stoked speculation that a long-discussed U.S.-Russia prisoner exchange deal may be in the offing, involving Gershkovich and potentially other Americans detained in Russia.

The Kremlin, when asked by Reuters earlier on Friday about the possibility of such an exchange, declined to comment: “I’ll leave your question unanswered,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Among those Russia would like to free is Vadim Krasikov, a Russian serving a life sentence in Germany for murdering an exiled Chechen-Georgian dissident in a Berlin park in 2019.

Officers of the FSB security service arrested Gershkovich on March 29, 2023, at a steakhouse in Yekaterinburg, 900 miles (1,400 km) east of Moscow. He has since been held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison.

Russian prosecutors had accused Gershkovich of gathering secret information on the orders of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency about a company that manufactures tanks for Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

The Uralvagonzavod factory, which he is accused of spying on, has been sanctioned by the West. Based in the city of Nizhny Tagil near Yekaterinburg, it has publicly spoken of producing T-90M battle tanks and modernizing T-72B3M tanks.

Earlier on Friday, the court unexpectedly said it would pronounce its verdict within hours after state prosecutors demanded Gershkovich be jailed for 18 years for spying. The maximum sentence for the crime he was accused of is 20 years.

Russia usually concludes legal proceedings against foreigners before making any deals on exchanging them.

‘WRONGFULLY DETAINED’

Gershkovich, his newspaper and the U.S. government all rejected the allegations against him and said he was merely doing his job as a reporter accredited by the Foreign Ministry to work in Russia.

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is open to a prisoner exchange involving Gershkovich, and that contacts with the United States have taken place but must remain secret.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that Washington was working every day to bring home Gershkovich, former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan and other Americans.

He declined to go into details when asked why Putin would reach a deal on Gershkovich’s release ahead of the U.S. election.

“Any effort to bring any American home is going to be part of a process of back and forth, of discussion, potentially of negotiation,” Blinken said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

“Depending on what the other side is looking for, they’ll reach their own conclusions about whether it meets whatever their needs are, and we can bring someone home – and I don’t think that’s dependent on an election in the United States or anywhere else,” he said.

Mark Warner, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, called Gershkovich’s sentence “outrageous,” and said he thinks “it’s clear that the Russians view Evan almost as a bargaining chip at this point.”

Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Warner declined to discuss whether efforts are underway to arrange an exchange for Gershkovich’s release, but said “all options have to stay on the table” with regards to how the Biden administration responds.

Friends who have exchanged letters with Gershkovich say he has remained resilient and cheerful throughout his imprisonment, occupying himself by reading classics of Russian literature.

At court appearances over the past 16 months – most recently with his head shaven – he has frequently smiled and nodded at reporters he used to work with before he himself became the story.

Since Russian troops entered Ukraine in 2022, Moscow and Washington have conducted just one high profile prisoner swap: Russia released basketball star Brittney Griner, held for smuggling cannabis, in return for arms dealer Viktor Bout, jailed for terrorism-related offenses in the United States.

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VP Harris Hits Fundraising Trail Amid Ongoing Calls for Biden to Quit Race

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will headline a fundraiser in Massachusetts on Saturday as President Joe Biden faces continued pressure from fellow Democrats and big money donors to end his floundering campaign.

Biden and top aides on Friday vowed to continue with the campaign, even as major donors signaled they were unwilling to open their checkbooks unless the 81-year-old president stepped aside.

The crisis-in-confidence in Biden’s ability to win has placed a huge spotlight on Harris, widely believed to be the most likely replacement if he steps down.

Her fundraising events, including the one on Saturday in Provincetown, Massachusetts are getting added interest from donors who want to signal they are willing to coalesce around her potential bid for the White House, according to three Democratic fundraisers.

More than one in 10 congressional Democrats have now publicly called on Biden, who is isolating at his Delaware home with a case of COVID-19, to drop out following a disastrous debate last month against Republican former President Donald Trump that raised questions about the incumbent’s ability to win the Nov. 5 election or carry out his duties for another four years.

Biden’s campaign hoped to raise some $50 million in big-dollar donations in July for the Biden Victory Fund but was on track for less than half that figure as of Friday, according to two sources familiar with the fundraising efforts.

The campaign called reports of a July fundraising slump overstated, noting that it anticipated a drop-off in large donations due to vacations. It said the campaign still has 10 fundraisers on the schedule this month.

Harris assured major Democratic donors on Friday that the party would prevail in the presidential election as more lawmakers called for her running mate, Biden, to stand down.

“We are going to win this election,” she said on a call arranged on short notice to calm donors, according to a person on the call. “We know which candidate in this election puts the American people first: Our president, Joe Biden.”

Harris attended the call “at the direct request of senior advisers to the president,” one of the people said, an account confirmed by another person familiar with the matter.

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