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Abbas: Israel wants PA without authority
Published Tuesday 24/06/2014 (updated) 26/06/2014 14:22
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CAIRO (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel wants the “Palestinian Authority without authority or power, which is unacceptable,” in remarks published Tuesday.

“We're living a real crisis in Hebron and all over the West Bank. Such acts (kidnapping) could happen anywhere; we completely reject it and are sorry it happened," he told Egypt's al-Watan newspaper.

"We hope to bring them back but we also hope that Israel would think of us as humans too."

"When three Palestinians are killed we do not hear any reactions from the Israeli government that they are sorry, yet we are working to bring those kids back to their families,” Abbas said.

When asked if Israel was attempting to bring down the PA and obstruct the new government’s job, Abbas’ responded that “Israel’s acts in the West Bank are unjustified, their ways of searching the houses, assaulting locals and killing innocent people are rejected. Israel has taken away all authority from the Palestinian Authority.

"We are well aware of that and that is why we demanded that occupation would end immediately, and that is why we went to international organizations ... We want to have our rights and an independent Palestinian state next to the Israeli state; we refuse a one-state solution."
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1 ) sami / usa
25/06/2014 02:04
and you knew that by your self

2 ) Mel / USA
25/06/2014 02:13
Oh Abu Mazzen!PA never had any REAL authority/power.It was ALWAYS just an Israeli-proxy with limited token"power"& enough freedom(on Israeli leash)to look as if 'Good(occupation compliant)Arabs' had the good life &anyone resisting occupation(Hamas)had the'Bad Arab'option of collective punishment.WB-Abbas just now remembers what it's like to be persecuted by Israel,for being a 'bad boy'(resister).Yet,he was happy to play proxy before while GAZA was suffering?Welcome back,to the real Israel,Abbas!

3 ) @ Abbas / Blame Yourself
25/06/2014 05:19
You were given "authority", as part of PLO Oslo promises to: - remove from the PLO charter calls for "armed resistance", - collect weapons from militants, and - fight terrorism. But, For the last 20 years, You Did NOT keep any of these promises, and Today, your words are equally empty promises, where you say: - "We are sorry it happened", and - "We are working to bring those kids back to their families", but again - You've done nothing but complain about Israel keeping your promises !!

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
25/06/2014 06:07
The PA shot itself in the foot a decade ago when it backed and orchestrated the intifada, whose goal was to kill Israeli civilians in an attempt to get Israel to capitulate to their demands. It failed miserably and Abbas is paying the price for Arafat's criminal actions.

5 ) Miriam / CH
25/06/2014 06:41
It is clear that israel wants to get rid of the palestinians and bring down the PA government, therefore they are committing the slow genocide on the Palestinian population for decades.Israel’s staging of this kidnapping, and acts in the West Bank aims to destroy the unity and to arrest the freed Hamas prisoners who live in the west bank,(which the Majority are re-imprisoned)there is no evidence that the three have been kidnapped.

6 ) Ahmed / PS
25/06/2014 08:56
Abbas you need to announce a referendum day within the next few weeks on dissolving the PA. A lot of people in the west bank think it's over for 2 states, only the one democratic state solution will work now, i.e. the south African path. DO IT

7 ) Fpm / USA
25/06/2014 16:58
Abbas, why is he referred to as President Abbas, but is an Unofficial President of the Palestinian Authority, since 2008. He never had any power, that is why he was hand picked by the US and the Zionist. He's always been a well paid traitor and he will continue to be. To Hamas, you're also a traitor. You fire off rockets that hit the ground, and then the Zionist retaliate and kill innocent Palestinians. Hamas, you're no different from the Zionist. Both of you are reckless murderers. STOP IT

8 ) JoeFattal / USA
25/06/2014 19:12
Israel as an occupy force has the right to search and seize. You can't take that away from them. But the search and seize has to be in conjunction of a crime that has been committed. So far beside having Netanyahu telling us he believe Hamas is behind the kidnapping without any proof make that violent search and seizure within the Palestinian population not only illegal but unhuman. It will fail in the long run. It will strengthen the unity when there is no such believable evidence.
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