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Top US diplomat dismisses reports that Israeli-Palestinian talks have hit roadblock; says Netanyahu and Abbas still committed to moving forward
As Abbas at UN urges speedy, negotiated resolution of conflict, Hamas and Islamic Jihad exhort West Bank brethren to take up arms
While Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN Thursday urged intensive talks to attain a permanent peace accord within nine months, Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials exhorted Palestinians in the West Bank to declare a Third Intifada against Israel.
“The intifada needs to break out anew at every point of conflict,” Ahmad al-Medlal, a senior Islamic Jihad official, said at a conference in the Gaza Strip’s Jabaliya refugee camp. “Resistance is the best response to the occupation’s crimes against the al-Aqsa Mosque.” Hundreds of Gazans reportedly rallied at the camp in support of the demand, following a series of clashes between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli security authorities around the al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount in recent days.
Marchers set off from mosques across the coastal strip before converging on a square in the middle of Gaza City, with protesters brandishing signs saying “No to negotiations” and slamming West Bank-based Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s “political failure.”
Hamas’s religious affairs minister Ismail Ridwan addressed the group’s archrival Abbas in a speech during the protests.
“All the Palestinian factions say you don’t have the right to relinquish any piece of our land, or to give up Palestinian rights,” he said.
Hamas says Abbas’s decision to return to the negotiating table with Israel is not representative of the will of the Palestinian people.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held another round of U.S.-brokered talks on Tuesday in Jerusalem.
“Returning to talks is a blow to the jihad and to the sacrifices of our people, the blood of our martyrs and to our prisoners behind bars in Israel,” Ridwan said.
Israeli plans to build another 2,129 settlement units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, announced days before the latest talks started, angered Palestinian officials, who have said the plans threatened to bring a premature and “disastrous” end to negotiations.
Is there any hope for peace when the Palestinian Authority continues to strive towards the destruction of the Jewish state?
As “peace talks” continue apace, prompted on by the ever-optimistic John Kerry, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an NGO dedicated to monitoring hate speech, anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement to violence in the Palestinian Arab media, has highlighted yet another inflammatory statement by official PA organs.
During a special “holiday broadcast” on 8th August in honor of the Muslim festival of Eid el-Fitr, the PA’s official radio station expressed its hope and certainty that the State of Israel, referred to as “occupied Palestine”, would eventually cease to exist.
The statement, made by a Voice of Palestine radio broadcaster, was directed towards Israel’s Arab population (see below to hear the recording):
“Greetings to all our listeners and happy holiday to you, our people in occupied Palestine [i.e. Israel], 1948 Palestine, the 1948 territories [i.e. Israel, created in 1948]… Greetings to our people in Acre, Nazareth, Tiberias, Haifa and Jaffa [all Israeli cities – ed.]… May your Palestinian identity be rooted in your hearts and minds. Allah willing, one day Palestine will be Palestine again!”