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PA: Israel dragging Palestine into cycle of violence

Dec. 26, 2009 12:09 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2009 1:17 A.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.

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