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Official: Israeli talk of West Bank collapse 'wishful thinking'

Jan. 2, 2013 5:07 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 3, 2013 1:37 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The spokesman of the PA security forces Adnan Dimeiri on Wednesday accused Israeli officials of engaging in "wishful thinking" in their warnings that the West Bank government and security situation is on the brink of collapse.

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday sounded a note of defiance after President Shimon Peres urged haste in negotiating peace with the PLO. "Every intelligent person knows that Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority," Netanyahu warned.

Dimeri responded that taken with Israeli raids on Palestinian Authority areas, settlement-building and seizure of Palestinian tax funds, the comments represent the Israeli government's wish that the government collapse.

"I think that Israelis are talking to the whole world about their hopes for chaos to take over the West Bank, and that they’re telling the world that the PA isn’t able to control the situations in the Palestinian territory as if this is reality," Dimeiri said.

Recent demonstrations in the West Bank is just the practise freedom of speech, which Israel sees as a threat, thus claiming it represents a return to militant activity, he argued. The security services are in full control of the West Bank, he assured.
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