PA Minister: Israel 'Wants a Third Intifada'

PA foreign minister Riad al-Malki accuses Israel of seeking to spark a third intifada amid continued violence.

Elad Benari ,

Riyad al-Malki
Riyad al-Malki
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The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) foreign minister Riad al-Malki on Monday accused Israel of seeking to spark "a third intifada", amid violence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and Gaza.

"(Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu wants to instigate a third intifada. He wants to avoid problems that he is facing in the political and diplomatic arena, where he has failed miserably," Malki told AFP in Vienna.

Malki said Netanyahu had committed a "grave mistake" by "violating the status quo" of the Al-Aqsa compound, which has been the site of clashes between Arab rioters and police for several weeks.

"Netanyahu is widening the scope of the conflict from a political one with the Palestinians -- which always has a possibility of finding a political solution -- to an unlimited war with Muslims around the world," Malki charged.

Calling on Israel to act "according to international law", he said there was nevertheless still "a possibility to contain" the crisis, according to AFP.

Malki made the comments ahead of a ceremony for the raising of the Palestinian flag at the United Nations office in the Austrian capital after the flag was raised at UN headquarters in New York on October 1.

The General Assembly voted September 10 to allow the flags of Palestine and the Vatican -- both have observer status -- to be raised at the world body alongside those of member states.

Malki’s comments came in the midst of yet another day of Palestinian Arab violence which is largely fueled by the PA’s continuing incitement against Israel.

His comments follow ones by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is in an Israeli jail serving five life sentences for his role in planning suicide terror attacks in Israel.

In an article in the British Guardian, Barghouti claimed that the latest violence was caused by Israeli “occupation”.

 “I have spent 20 years of my life in Israeli jails, including the past 13 years, and these years have made me even more certain of this unalterable truth: the last day of occupation will be the first day of peace. Those who seek the latter need to act, and act now, to precipitate the former,” he wrote.