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Following terror attack in which 2 were killed, Abbas' office condemns “unacceptable wave of violence” but blames it on Israel: "Our constant policy is the rejection of violence, invasions, and settler terror"

Headline: "The [PA] Presidential Office: The atmosphere that has been created by the policy of invasions and the lack of a prospect of peace has led to the wave of violence"
     "In response to the events taking place in the West Bank (apparently referring to fatal terror attacks in Ofra and Givat Assaf and the killing of terrorists involved in the Ofra and Barkan attacks; see notes below –Ed.), the [PA] Presidential Office said in a statement that the atmosphere that has been created by the policy of recurring invasions of the [Palestinian] cities, the incitement against His Honor [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas], and the lack of a prospect of peace is what has led to this unacceptable wave of violence, which we condemn and reject, and the price of which the two sides are paying. The Presidential Office emphasized that our constant policy is the rejection of violence, invasions, and settler terror, [and] that it is necessary to stop the incitement and avoid creating an atmosphere that will contribute to tension.
The Presidential Office emphasized that the president’s constant position is to end the occupation, establish the independent State of Palestine whose capital is East Jerusalem in the June 4, 1967, borders, and [honor] the decisions of the international institutions and international law – [all of] which will provide everyone with security, stability, and peace."
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Givat Assaf shooting attack – a terrorist shot and murdered 2 Israelis and seriously wounded 2 others in a shooting attack next to Givat Assaf, near Ramallah, on Dec. 13, 2018. The terrorist fled the scene in a car driven by another terrorist. As of Dec. 16, 2018, they have not been apprehended.

Ofra shooting attack - Palestinian terrorists shot and wounded 7 Israelis - a pregnant woman, her husband, another man, and 4 teenagers - in a drive-by shooting attack next to Ofra, north of Jerusalem, on Dec. 9, 2018. The pregnant woman was severely wounded and doctors had to deliver her baby prematurely before operating on her. The baby died three days later. The terrorists fled the scene but were located three days later. One terrorist, Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti, was shot and killed by the Israeli army during the attempt to apprehend him, while other terrorists were taken into custody.

Barkan Industrial Zone Attack - 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na'alwa shot and murdered his 2 Israeli coworkers Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi in a factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone near Ariel on Oct. 7, 2018. Na'alwa fled the scene, but was located two months later in Nablus and shot and killed in a shootout when the Israeli army and police tried to apprehend him on Dec. 13, 2018. Until this attack, the Barkan Industrial Zone had been an example of coexistence with Israelis and Palestinians working together.

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