Shaath: Israel strikes on Gaza ploy to thwart statehood bid

Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath on Thursday said that Israel's strikes on the Gaza Strip in response to terror attacks that killed 8 Israelis on Thursday are part of efforts by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to thwart the Palestinians bid for UN statehood recognition.
"The Israeli insanity will not hold back the Palestinian leadership from going to the UN; on the contrary it will give us a stronger motivation to continue our move,” Palestinian news agency WAFA quoted Shaath as saying.
Shaath stated that Israel wanted to find an excuse to carry out "collective punishment" against the Palestinian people which he called a "war crime," aimed at frustrating the Palestinian Authority's efforts to avoid armed conflict.
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