Israelis wary, Palestinians, Americans worried as terror stalks peace talks (2)

10:25, September 03, 2010      

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PALESTINIANS THREATEN "IRON FIST" AGAINST HAMAS

Palestinians view the attacks on Israelis as "not being beneficial to Palestinian interests," according to Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. PNA, however, noted that the site of the apparent drive-by shooting was under full Israeli security control.

Meanwhile, PNA security forces rounded up more than 200 assumed Hamas members in sweeps throughout the West Bank in a bid to foil more threatened attacks and appease American and Israeli security concerns.

Hamas poured scorn on Abbas' taking part in a summit with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.

"Today marks the start of direct negotiations between someone who has no right to represent the Palestinian people and the brutal occupier, to provide a cover for Judaizing Jerusalem and stealing the land," co-founder and leader, Mahmoud a-Zahar, told a crowd in Gaza Wednesday.

Palestinian President Abbas condemned Tuesday's shooting in a speech at the White House on Wednesday night in the presence of Netanyahu, U.S. President Barack Obama, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordanian King Abdullah.

"We do not want any blood to be shed, even one drop of blood, on the part of the Israelis or the Palestinians," Abbas said, addressing Netanyahu. "We want them to live as neighbors and partners forever. Let us sign an agreement, a final agreement, for peace and put an end to a very long period of struggle forever," Abbas said.


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