As search continues, PA says they are not responsible for missing teens' security

PA spokesperson denounces Israel for blaming kidnapping on Fatah-Hamas unity government, says PA not responsible for safety of settlers in Israeli-controlled Area C.

June 14, 2014 01:27
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Israeli forces searching for three Jewish teenagers who went missing. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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A Palestinian Authority spokesman denounced Israel for blaming the new Fatah-Hamas unity government for the disappearance of three settlers in the West Bank, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Friday night.

Adnan Dmeiri said the PA was not responsible for the safety of settlers and had no way to prevent the possible kidnapping of the teenagers.

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The PA “is used to accusations from [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu’s arbitrary government, which does not want to commit to any agreement and wants to damage all relations with Palestinians,” he was quoted as saying.

Earlier on Friday, Israeli government officials said they were holding Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the fate of the three students. They also said they were holding the unity government responsible for the students' well-being.

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