The Palestinian Authority, under Mahmoud Abbas, has refused to condemn the murder of Gavriel Kobe, which took place in Hevron yesterday (Sunday).
Following the murder, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki stated that "this is no reason to walk away from the peace talks in any way," according to a report by Israel Radio. Al-Maliki communicated this statement, but would not condemn the murder. He was also asked about the second batch of security prisoners being held in Israeli prisons who were about to be released. "The agreement upon this issue is clear and binding on both sides," he replied.