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Abbas tells international scholars that "terrorism must be fought everywhere," while condemning Israeli security measures following a deadly terror attack

Note: Originally published on WAFA's English edition website

     "President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that the Palestinian leadership will not accept Israel's recently installed metal detectors at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.
He said, "[Israel] does not have the right to install these metal detectors, because having sovereignty over Al-Aqsa Mosque is our [Palestinian] right. We have therefore taken a decisive and firm stance, especially with regard to security coordination."
This came as Abbas received the scholars participating in the Second National Forum of Scholars in Palestine, organized by the Supreme Council for Innovation and Excellence, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.
"Things will be very difficult. We are not risking the destiny of our people. We only take deliberately examined decisions that we hope to make a result," Abbas added.
"We, the State of Palestine, are convinced that terrorism must be fought everywhere, and we have at least 83 protocols with various countries around the world to combat violence and terrorism," he told the participants.
On national unity, Abbas said there is a real chance to achieve national unity among all Palestinian factions through the Palestinian National Council and the Palestinian Central Council.
He also said there is a chance for reconciliation with Hamas, the de facto authority in the Gaza Strip, if only the latter accepts to enable the National Consensus Government, chaired by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, to perform its duties in the Gaza Strip."
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