The Palestinian Authority warned Saturday that settlement construction, the
security barrier and settler violence were a “mine threatening to blow up the
The warning was included in a statement issued by the
office of PA President Mahmoud Abbas on the 37th anniversary of “Land
The PA said that the stalemate in the peace process would undermine
the prospects of achieving a two-state solution and would “push, sooner or
later, to an all-out explosion.” Calling on the international community to
intervene to salvage United Nations resolutions concerning the Middle East
conflict, the PA said it would not hesitate to go to international agencies to
stop Israel from pursuing its policies in the West Bank and
Marking the same occasion, the PLO leadership called on
Palestinians to step up “popular resistance against settlements and the
Judaization of Jerusalem.”
Zakariya al-Agha, a senior PLO official,
accused the Israeli government of pursuing “racist schemes aimed at expelling
the Palestinians and confiscating their lands.”
An Israeli official said
in response, “to speak of the Judaization of Jerusalem is of course an oxymoron.
Jerusalem has been the Jewish people’s capital for thousands of
The official said that the best way for the Palestinians to
achieve a two state solution was sit down and negotiate with Israel.
would be much more constructive if the Palestinian side chose the language of
dialogue and reconciliation instead of this language of conflict,” the official
“In articulating this language of confrontation the Palestinian
leadership is doing no favor to the Palestinian people, who could gain so much
from peace and reconciliation,” the official said.
“This path of conflict
offers the Palestinian people nothing but a dead end,” the official
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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