The Israelis want chaos … We will not allow them to drag us into it and to mess with the lives of our children and our youth.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas • Denying Israeli claims that the Palestinian Authority could call for a third armed Intifada after weekend protests drew gunfire, stun grenades, tear gas, and fears that the recent death of activist Arafat Jaradat could ignite a new wave of hostility in the region. Israeli Homeland Minister Avi Dichter denied claims that Israel is to blame, saying that Palestinians are trying to be seen as victims and “drag [Israel] to a situation where there will be dead children.” source
There is no indication that Hamas is willing to give up terror, recognize Israel or recognize the peace process.Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren • Expressing his country’s frustration with the recent unity deal struck between Hamas and Fatah, the two main political sects in Palestine. Oren makes it clear that he considers Hamas’ new role a major setback for Israel. “Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli citizens, at our towns, at our farms,” he noted, “and Hamas is one of the only elements in the Middle East to condemn the US’s action against [Osama] bin Laden.” While he emphasizes that peace is the goal for Israel, Hamas’ new seat at the bargaining table “is extremely difficult for us.” source (via • follow)
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