Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is furious at Israel for killing a Hamas terrorist in the city of Tulkarm, where the PA is responsible for security.
Abbas told the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency in an interview that he demanded that Israel stop operating in PA cities where the PA is supposed to eliminate the terrorist infrastructure. He did not say whether the PA knew of the location of the terrorist, who was identified as Iyad Abu-Shalabiya, 38, a Hamas member and former senior commander.
He had served time in prison in Israel for security offenses, and was on the IDF's “wanted” list.
American-trained PA troops, who officially are called “policemen” but underwent army training under the supervision of American army officers, generally have dealt with crime, traffic violations and misdemeanors. They have entered the field of security more frequently in the past several weeks to arrest Arabs who are active in Hamas and are against the rival Fatah party, headed by Abbas.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has insisted that Israeli forces be present in the Jordan Valley if an agreement is reached for the establishment of a new Arab state headed by the PA. PA spokesman Husam Zomlot said that "not one Israeli soldier" will be permitted to remain in a future Palestinian state, the Bloomberg news site reported.