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  8/31/2014, Elul 5, 5774

Abbas Blames Hamas for Delaying Ceasefire, Lying about Abduction


Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas said in a PA TV interview Thursday translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), that the casualties of the Gaza war could have been avoided if Hamas had only agreed to a ceasefire early on. In the end, he said, "we went back to talking about an immediate ceasefire... this had been my position from the beginning."

"We do not want to face a massacre every couple of years," he added, and insisted that there is absolutely no difference between the initial suggested ceasefire accord and the one eventually agreed by the sides.