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Abbas: Israel wants PA without authority

June 24, 2014 11:54 P.M. (Updated: June 26, 2014 2:22 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel wants the “Palestinian Authority without authority or power, which is unacceptable,” in remarks published Tuesday.

“We're living a real crisis in Hebron and all over the West Bank. Such acts (kidnapping) could happen anywhere; we completely reject it and are sorry it happened," he told Egypt's al-Watan newspaper.

"We hope to bring them back but we also hope that Israel would think of us as humans too."

"When three Palestinians are killed we do not hear any reactions from the Israeli government that they are sorry, yet we are working to bring those kids back to their families,” Abbas said.

When asked if Israel was attempting to bring down the PA and obstruct the new government’s job, Abbas’ responded that “Israel’s acts in the West Bank are unjustified, their ways of searching the houses, assaulting locals and killing innocent people are rejected. Israel has taken away all authority from the Palestinian Authority.

"We are well aware of that and that is why we demanded that occupation would end immediately, and that is why we went to international organizations ... We want to have our rights and an independent Palestinian state next to the Israeli state; we refuse a one-state solution."

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