Abbas accuses Israel of 'escalating' tension to bypass 'political impasse'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday accused Israel of attempting to stoke tensions after a recent streak of Palestinian terrorist attacks, AFP reported.
"The Israeli side and its government have an interest in dragging things into a cycle of violence and are trying through escalation at Al-Aksa (mosque compound) and settler attacks to escape their political impasse and international isolation," AFP quoted a statement from Abbas's office as reading.