Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a recent TV interview: "I will not accept and will not allow an armed Intifada." Speaking on the Kuwaiti Scope TV channel, Abbas said: "I am against military operations, and I speak loud and clear against this. I insist upon not allowing anyone to shoot." On the Arab Spring, Abbas said that "what afflicted the Arabs was a plan called the New Middle East and the Constructive Anarchy," with the goal of partitioning the Arab world. The interview aired on March 13, 2016.