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Abbas lashes out at 'Israeli attacks' against him

Feb. 13, 2010 9:35 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2010 7:44 A.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma'an – "When Israel wants to defame someone or some party, they launch accusations against him from all directions,"

President Mahmoud Abbas told a Dubai satellite channel Friday.

While speaking on the issue of resuming peace talks under the auspices of an American plan, Abbas referred to "Israel’s attack" on him via a media interest in hundreds of leaked document and a sex tape allegedly used in a corruption scandal involving land sales of Palestinian property to Zionist Israelis.

Abbas added that the attacks were not all in relation to the corruption files, noting the Israeli newspaper Israel Today quoted Israeli Minister of Infrastructure Uzi Landao last week saying, “There is no difference between former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, and president Abbas since both had the same goal of destroying Israel.”

The prime minister said the attacks would not deter him from his tough stance on peace talks, saying Palestinian approval to restart negotiations with Israel will remain dependent on the US response to Palestinian demands.

The Palestinian Authority demands a full stop to Israeli settlement construction on all lands occupied by Israel in 1967, and a return to the roadmap plan, which requires Israeli troops to diminish their presence in occupied areas and give Palestinians increased autonomy.

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