Tuesday, May 05
Latest News
  1. UNICEF: C. Africa armed groups pledge to free thousands of children
  2. Burundi constitutional court judge says he has fled country
  3. Obama to nominate Gen. Dunford as next Joint Chiefs chairman
  4. Tsunami threat as 7.4 magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea
  5. Reality on ground in Yemen unchanged weeks into air war
  6. Kerry warns Burundi president's third term bid is unconstitutional
  7. Italy's parliament approves radical new electoral law
  8. French leader oversees Qatar jet deal
  9. Iran's Rouhani says not for police to enforce Islam
  10. Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia, France for security talks
  11. Activist: 2 shot dead in Burundi protests
  12. Israel PM urges action on racism in talks with Ethiopian Jews
  13. Palestinian shot after alleged Jerusalem stabbing attempt
  14. Palestinian building permits 'political', admits Israel
  15. Israel's Lieberman says will not join next govt
  16. France's Hollande in Qatar for warplane deal
  17. Region threatened as Gulf leaders hold summit
  18. Saudi-led troops in 'limited' first Yemen deployment
  19. US says no Syrian civilians killed in April 30 air strike
  20. Dutch far-right politician 'shocked' by Texas shooting

PA: Israel dragging Palestine into cycle of violence

Dec. 26, 2009 12:09 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2009 1:17 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – "Israel is attempting to trick the Palestinian people into a cycle of violence in order to avoid international pressure to stop settlement expansion and restart peace talks," presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeina said Saturday.

The comments came following two incidents on Saturday that saw six killed in the deadliest single day of the Israeli occupation since the end of the war on Gaza, whose anniversary is tomorrow. Israeli forces killed more than 1,400 Palestinians during that three-week offensive.

Abu Rdeina denounced the Israeli airstrike in Gaza and the army invasion of Nablus as criminal.

“The Israeli escalation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the return to targeted assassinations and aimless killing, proves the occupation government has decided to damage the safety and stability of the Palestinian people and drag them into a bloody cycle of violence," the official Palestinian news agency WAFA quoted Abu Rdeina as saying,

He called the two attacks part of a plot to "ruin the PA’s successes in the West Bank" and to "break the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip."

The presidential spokesman said Israel is "preparing to contest the worthiness of the Palestinian people as a partner in the peace process, and thus they can avoid establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

In March, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed four in two separate incidents in 24 hours.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the attack follows the first week since the beginning of 2009 that Israeli military and security activities throughout the West Bank ended with no Palestinian casualties.

Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015