Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemns the terror attack in Tel Aviv that left two Israelis dead on Thursday night.
“The killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only leads to a further deterioration of the situation, as we are all striving for stability, especially during the holy month of Ramadan and the upcoming Christian and Jewish holidays,” Abbas says in a statement.
This is the second condemnation of Palestinian violence that Abbas has issued in just over a week. While Ramallah works closely with Israel to crack down on Palestinian terror groups in the West Bank, Abbas rarely publicly denounces specific acts of violence.
The shooting spree on Dizengoff Street on Thursday came on the eve of the first Friday of Ramadan, as hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are set to arrive in Jerusalem for Friday prayers.
Abbas also warns that extremist Israelis may seek to commit revenge attacks and stresses the danger of the continuation of the “repeated incursions” into Al-Aqsa Mosque and the “provocative actions of extremist settlers.”
“The cycle of violence confirms that a permanent, comprehensive and just peace is the shortest and most correct way to provide security and stability for both the Palestinian and Israeli peoples,” Abbas says.