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Senior PA official: Ramallah not looking for better living conditions, rather end to occupation

Hussein al-Sheikh, a close confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking on Palestine TV, the official PA channel. (Screenshot: Palestine TV)
Hussein al-Sheikh, a close confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking on Palestine TV, the official PA channel. (Screenshot: Palestine TV)

Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh gives what appears to be Ramallah’s first response to the new Israeli government.

“Palestinian[s] are not looking for better living conditions nor for civil dialogues!! Our people are seeking their salvation from occupation, freedom and independence in their state, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he tweets.

In an interview earlier this month before taking office, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Channel 12 that while he did not think Israel would be able to solve the conflict with the Palestinians, it would do its best to “shrink” it through steps that improve Palestinian lives.

“Changing the government in Israel is an internal affair, but the new government MUST understand that the context of history will not be with the occupation,” al-Sheikh writes.

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