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‘It’s not taken for granted’: Senior Israeli official lauds PA’s Abbas for condemning terror attacks

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses a rare meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council, on February 6, 2021. (WAFA)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses a rare meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council, on February 6, 2021. (WAFA)

A senior Israeli diplomatic official lauds Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s condemnations of the recent terror attacks in Bnei Brak and Tel Aviv.

The diplomatic official recognizes the impact in Ramallah from the fatalities and injuries on the Palestinian side as a result of the recent IDF activities in the West Bank in response to the recent terror wave. Seventeen Palestinians have been shot dead by IDF forces in the West Bank since the beginning of the month. The majority, but not all, were participating in clashes with Israeli troops.

The official says the PA faces its usual dilemma where it wants to maintain the security coordination with Israel because it allows Ramallah to maintain its stronghold in the West Bank, while also recognizing the unpopular nature of the cooperation among Palestinians and the need to maintain “national independence.”

But while Israel was pleased with Abbas’s response to the recent terror wave, it took note of the remarks made by PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh who claimed that the Al-Aqsa compound, known by Jews as the Temple Mount, is for Muslims only and accused Israel of trying to divide the site.

“We didn’t respond publicly because it’s not worth it at the moment, but I have a good memory and everything is written down,” says the senior Israeli diplomatic official.

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