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PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Israel is inciting against the PA over terrorist salaries, salaries are “marginal matter”

Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns the Trump administration about Netanyahu’s traps”

“The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the obstacles that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is placing before [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit in Washington…
In its statement, it noted that the Israeli government led by Netanyahu has hardened its positions and escalated its provocative actions, whose goal is to place obstacles before the American efforts being made to revive the peace process and start serious and real negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. A recent obvious example of this was the political escalation and state incitement by Netanyahu against President Abbas, which was clearly seen in his latest interview with the American [TV] channel Fox [on April 21, 2017], in which he claimed that the test of President Abbas’ level of seriousness regarding peace is stopping the payment of salaries to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) and prisoners’ families.
The ministry explained: ‘These statements are intended to exert pressures on the American administration, to blackmail it, and to disrupt the anticipated visit of His Honor [Abbas] in Washington, if not to prevent the visit from achieving its goals. This is through an attempt to divert it from its path towards marginal matters that Netanyahu is waving about, or to trigger storms in order to minimize the chance that the visit will bear any success.’
The ministry said that the Israeli government is using the settlers and their terror gangs in order to achieve the same goal, but in different ways: rioting, arson, car rammings, and shootings against defenseless Palestinian civilians.”

In a governmental meeting on April 23, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “The Palestinian Authority needs to stop funding the terrorists sitting in prison and stop funding the families of terrorists who were killed while committing their crimes. This is a simple and clear test of the Palestinians’ desire for peace. You cannot be in favor of peace with Israel, and at the same time glorify and fund the murderers of Israelis and the murderers of other innocents.” The statement came after Netanyahu, in an interview with Fox News on April 21, 2017, called on the PA to “stop paying terrorists.”