The Palestinian President made an appeal to Palestinians to end the violence and has stated his interest in renewing peace negotiations. This comes weeks after he called for violence and welcomed “every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a public appeal for calm on Tuesday as a recent spike in deadly violence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank threaten to spiral into a Third Intifada.
“We want to reach a political solution peacefully, and no other solution,” said Abbas. “We want to minimise the risks of destruction and loss that will sprout on all sides in the current situation.”
The Palestinian president blamed Israel for the recent wave of violence. “We say to the Israelis: Stop building in the settlements and come to the negotiating table,” he said. “We will be willing to return to negotiations and discuss the agreements that have been violated and neglected by Israel since Oslo and until now.”
“We are committed to these agreements, but it is unreasonable for us to be the only ones who are committed to them,” he continued. “If Israel does not want these agreements, we do not want to implement them.
“All our instructions to our agencies, our factions and our youth have been that we do not want escalation, but we do want to protect ourselves.”
The statements he made on Tuesday is in sharp contrast to those he made mid-September. The video of which is below.
“We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem,” he said. “This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah.”
“With the help of Allah, every shaheed (martyr) will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”
Since making those inciteful statements dozens of Palestinians have ‘spilled blood’ in clashes with Israeli forces and attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.
Palestinians carried out murderous attacks on Israelis, with terrorists shooting dead a mother and father in front of their four children as they drove in the West Bank. Another incident saw a father stabbed to death and his wife badly wounded along with their two-year-old child when a Palestinian attacked them with a knife. Another man who came to help the family was also killed in the attack before police shot and killed the terrorist.
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