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Fatah official Abbas Zaki: Israel wants to “destroy the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and rebuild the [Jewish] Temple”

Official PA TV live broadcast following the death of baby Ali Dawabsheh from Duma, interview with member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “Israel is turning towards extremism, and thinks that the present is a good opportunity, not only to burn houses and kill peaceful citizens, but also to destroy the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and rebuild the [Jewish] Temple… I call now to cut off all ties with Israel, and to withdraw our recognition of the state of Israel.”

Note: Duma arson attack - On July 31, 2015, two Palestinian houses in the West Bank village of Duma were set afire by Molotov cocktails thrown through their windows. 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was killed in this attack, his father, Saad Dawabsheh, died of injuries 8 days later, and his mother, Reham Dawabsheh, died of injuries 5 weeks later. Israeli leaders and citizens from all sectors of society condemned this attack, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that all Israelis were disgusted by the crime, adding, “We will not countenance terrorism of any kind.” He ordered the security forces "to use all means at their disposal to apprehend the murderers and bring them to justice forthwith."
There is suspicion that this was a nationalist attack carried out by Jewish extremists in revenge for Palestinian terror attacks. However, the crime remains unsolved with no named suspects.