Abbas: Palestinian Violence 'Helps' Israel

Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called for calm, in order not to allow Israel to “benefit” from Palestinian violence.

Yaakov Levi ,

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called for calm, saying Israel was “benefiting” from Palestinian violence, and has ordered Palestinian Authority security forces to arrest rioters and prevent the outbreak of violence in PA villages.

The reason, he told members of his cabinet, had nothing to do with cooperating with Israel, but to prevent Israel from “taking advantage of violence to attack innocent Palestinians and to drag the entire region into violence.”

A PA cabinet official told Arab media that while it was understandable that Palestinians would want to attack Israelis “because of their crimes, we must remember that violence by Palestinians takes the spotlight away from the important issues – like settlements – and allows the Israelis more freedom of action and makes them less isolated. We call on all groups not to engage in violence so as not to damage Palestinian statecraft,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Arab rioting and rock throwing in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem continued Monday night.

Four Israelis were injured when Arabs threw rocks at a bus traveling on Uzi Narkiss Boulevard, considered the dividing line between Arab neighborhoods in the east of the city and Jewish neighborhoods on the west side of Jerusalem. The four were treated on the scene by Magen David Adom rescue workers and taken to nearby hospitals.

At the Tomb of Rachel, Arabs rioted and confronted IDF soldiers, after a terrorist was killed earlier in the day. Rioting also took place in Shuafat and other Arab neighborhoods of the city Monday.

As a result of rock-throwing incidents earlier in the day, service on the Jerusalem light rail has been halted in areas north of the Damascus Gate in the Old City, until further notice.