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Fayyad says killing of Israelis harmed Palestinian interests

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad:

“I don’t think that there’s disagreement that carrying out resistance in the way in which it is being carried out, has caused great damage to our cause and to our people. I say this candidly and with sorrow.

He added: What happened in Hebron does not stand alone, but rather is part of a policy, but this is not the policy of the [Palestinian] Authority. Afterwards, they [Hamas] also announced that there will be a series of operations (i.e., terror attacks). Someone who does such a thing must justify it to the people and justify its results. The experience of the Palestinians shows that if there is no national cooperation between the political streams, it leads to the breakdown of our efforts to achieve our rights…

Fayyad said: ‘We have to say this. If this policy [of terror attacks] exists in Hebron and in Ramallah (i.e., the West Bank], but does not exist in Gaza, this shows that these [Hamas] slogans are meaningless…’

He said: ‘The resoluteness of our citizens and their determination to continue to exist, represent resistance. What this means is that we will carry out the Palestinian struggle in a way that will make the work based upon it vis-à-vis the international community, easier, on moral foundations. …

Such acts [in reference to the Hebron terror attack] cause harm to our people and damage the ability to stand firm and [our] continued existence. Israel exploits it as an excuse, and while the operation (i.e., terror attack) was taking place, the world found time only to talk about ‘the Hebron operation.’ … Whoever awards himself the right to behave in a manner that is different from the way of the [Palestinian] Authority is an organization that opposes the Authority, and there is no choice but to relate to him on that basis…’

A journalist questioned the benefit of the [Palestinian] Authority assuming responsibility for events which take place [in areas] under Israeli security control, and condemning them. Fayyad answered her by saying, ‘I’m not speaking at all based on the assumption that we are responsible towards the Israelis. My approach is, where does our interest lie? Especially in light of the fact that the event took place, and was exploited by the Israelis as they wished it to be exploited, without taking into consideration where it took place.’

Fayyad said: ‘Presenting the matter as though our job is to provide security for the Israelis is wrong. What guides us, as first priority, is our own interest.’”