Abbas Appears At EU HQ & Pleads They Stop Israeli Violence

After decades of PA indoctrination of hatred & violence, excessive embezzlement, corruption and refusal to hold elections, Abbas blames Israel, saying young Palestinians ‘basically don’t see any hope’ for the future.

By Associated Press

 

BRUSSELS – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came to European Union headquarters Monday to seek the bloc’s help to de-escalate the crisis with Israel, which he blamed on policies and actions of the Israeli government.

Abbas in Brussels – Photo: AFP

Before opening the talks with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Abbas told reporters the situation was “extremely serious and grave,” adding that “it may even deteriorate, and that is my fear.” 

There have been almost daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces. In the past five weeks, 10 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, while 51 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including 30 attackers and the rest in clashes.

Abbas said one cause of the flare-up is Israel’s refusal to honor the status quo on the Temple Mount, set in an arrangement dating back to 1875. 

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has adamantly denied such allegations, saying they amount to incitement to violence. 

Another cause for the outburst of violence, Abbas said, were killings and attacks on Palestinians he said have been carried out by armed West Bank settlers “protected by the Israeli army.”

Young Palestinians, he said, “basically don’t see any hope” now for a better future. 

“We look forward to an independent state of Palestine living side by side with the state of Israel,” Abbas said. “Hopefully, all of the international community will work hard to make it materialize.”

Abbas meets with Federica Mogherini in Brussels – Photo: AP

The EU is the largest donor of aid to the Palestinians. Mogherini, who met Thursday in Berlin with Netanyahu, Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials in an effort to ease tensions in the Middle East, said Monday she is seeking concrete steps that will improve the lives of ordinary Palestinians, strengthen the Palestinian Authority and better guarantee Israelis’ security.

 

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One comment

  1. Francois says:

    How long will Mr. Abbas continue his “foolish consistency?” He shows his poverty of true leadership and statesmanship. When has he ever done anything to improve the lives of ordinary Palestinians by following the advice of experts to generate economic and social well being, by fostering peace and cooperation? He falls back on incitement and hints of war if he is frustrated by the hard work of cooperation and peace. As God said to Cain, who was dealing with a murderous attitude: “If you do well, you are accepted; if not, sin is a demon crouching at the door. It shall be eager for you, and you will be mastered by it.”
    Mr. Abbas’ choice is simple. Choose life and peace or choose war and death. Peace on the Temple Mount is a matter of choice and will. Choose liberty, human rights, respect and love and there is peace and prayer for all nations. Israel is the one enforcing and upholding the status quo. As for the “young Palestinians” in the West Bank, when has Mr. Abbas ever discussed with them the keys to success, prosperity, and happiness?

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