Palestinian official compares ISIS attacks in Europe to Israeli actions in West Bank

Palestinian official compares ISIS attacks in Europe to Israeli actions in West Bank

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat drew parallels Saturday between the recent spate of terror attacks claimed by the ISIS in Europe and Israeli actions in the West Bank.

AhlulBayt News Agency - Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat drew parallels Saturday between the recent spate of terror attacks claimed by the ISIS in Europe and Israeli actions in the West Bank. 

"Those who murder children in Europe in the name of religion are no different than those who murder children on Palestinian land,” Erekat said at a press conference Saturday, according to Haaretz, after a meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris.

The two held a “very constructive” meeting, according to Erekat.

“We need a timetable for restarting negotiations, a timetable for implementing agreements and an international framework to oversee any future agreements,” Erekat said.

The Palestinian negotiator also reiterated the Palestinians’ support for a French peace initiative, which Israel has rejected, calling instead for direct negotiations between the sides.

Kerry’s office said in a statement that the two had discussed “regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward to support our shared goal of a two state solution.”‎

Last year, Erekat made a similar comment about Israel and the ISIS, telling a Rome security conference that the ISIS will assume the moral leadership of the Arab world if Israel did not stop crushing Palestinians’ hopes of statehood.

string of violent attacks have struck Europe in recent weeks. The Daesh terror group has claimed responsibility for a number of them, including the July 14 Bastille Day attack in the southern French city of Nice, where a driver plowed through a crowd, killing 84 people and wounding 200 others.

Palestinian officials had earlier angered Israel by comparing the regime to Nazi Germany.

In April, the Palestinian envoy to the UN, Riyad Mansour, made such a comparison, criticizing Israel for branding all the Palestinians who oppose its policies as “terrorists.”

The developments come amid heightened tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters. The Israeli military has killed over 220 Palestinians since last October.

Tel Aviv formally suspended the talks with the Palestinian Authority in April 2014 after Abbas forged a unity pact with the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, which is based in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Israel responded to the unity pact by announcing tenders for the building of 4,800 illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Different Palestinian factions are divided over the resumption of the so-called peace talks with Israel, which will be based on a French initiative.




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