Thursday, December 20, 2007

Abbas Spokesperson Again Condemns Israeli Self-Defense

The following is excerpted from Abbas agrees to international forces, condemns Israeli airstrikes as reported by the MAAN NEWS AGENCY.

Paris – Ma'an – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority would agree to the deployment of an international force in the occupied Palestinian territories.

"International forces are absolutely acceptable for us," Abbas said. … Meanwhile Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rdainah condemned the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, which killed 11 Palestinians Monday night and Tuesday, calling them a "terrible crime."

He added, "This dangerous escalation comes hours after the Paris conference aiming to thwart the outcome of the conference and disregarding the international efforts of 90 countries that attended the summit."

No mention is made, of course, of the fact that among those hit in the Israeli strike were not only leading terrorists but some terrorists on their way to launch Kassam missiles at Israeli cities.

Had the Palestinian Authority ever adhered to its commitment to abandon terrorism, those Israeli defensive measures would be unnecessary.

One sign that the Palestinian Authority, including its supposedly moderate leader Mahmoud Abbas, is actually interested in peace would be if it supported Israeli life-saving measures against terrorists rather than condemning them.

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