Netanyahu slams Abbas after attack on Palestinian family

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on August 2, 2015 AFP PHOTO / POOL / GALI TIBBON)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on August 2, 2015 AFP PHOTO / POOL / GALI TIBBON)

PM says Israel ‘condemns’ such violence, while the PA ‘names public squares after the murderers of children’

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Fatah joins Hamas and Islamic Jihad in missile launches

Masked Palestinian Fatah fighters from Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades parade during a rally marking the 46th anniversary of the movement's creation in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, December 31, 2010 (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Masked Palestinian Fatah fighters from Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades parade during a rally marking the 46th anniversary of the movement’s creation in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, December 31, 2010 (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Armed wing linked to Mahmoud Abbas’s faction says it shot rockets at Ashkelon, Sderot and elsewhere Wednesday night

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Kerry: We are closer to peace than we have been in years

John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu meeting in Jerusalem, Friday. (photo credit: Matty Stern/US Embassy Tel Aviv)

           John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu meeting in Jerusalem, Friday.                                                                      (photo credit: Matty Stern/US Embassy Tel Aviv)

Top US diplomat dismisses reports that Israeli-Palestinian talks have hit roadblock; says Netanyahu and Abbas still committed to moving forward

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Iran the main obstacle to peace with Palestinians, PM says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at a peace conference in Washington, DC on September 2, 2010. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at a peace conference in Washington, DC on September 2, 2010. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

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Gaza terror groups call for Third Intifada

Members of Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades in Rafah, December 2011 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Members of Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades in Rafah, December 2011 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

As Abbas at UN urges speedy, negotiated resolution of conflict, Hamas and Islamic Jihad exhort West Bank brethren to take up arms

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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.

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Gaza protests against peace talks

Palestinian supporters of Hamas and Islamic Jehad raise up their fingers shouting slogans during a protest against Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on August 23, 2013, in Gaza City. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Palestinian supporters of Hamas and Islamic Jehad raise up their fingers shouting slogans during a protest against Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on August 23, 2013, in Gaza City. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

(AFP) GAZA CITY: Hundreds of people in the Gaza Strip protested on Friday against Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, in marches organised by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

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.

PA Radio: One Day Israel ‘Will be Palestine Again’

Is there any hope for peace when the Palestinian Authority continues to strive towards the destruction of the Jewish state?

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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!”

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