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Abbas to Indian president: “Our hands are outstretched for peace” and current unrest is result of “Israeli settlers and forces’ acts of aggression”

In this article about Abbas’ meeting with the President of India, Abbas claims that the Palestinian terror surge that began in October 2015 was caused by Israel’s “acts of aggression against the Palestinian people.” This is not the first time Abbas has denied responsibility for the terror wave. Despite almost daily attacks against Israelis, including stabbings, shootings, and run-over attacks, Abbas stated in October that "the Palestinian side... did not do anything against the Israelis." [Official PA TV, Oct. 6, 2015 and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2015]

Headline: “President [Abbas]: ‘India can do a lot for the peace’”
“President Mahmoud Abbas said... at a dinner held yesterday [Oct. 13, 2015] in honor of Palestine’s guest, President of India Pranab Mukherjee, that India is an important power in the international arena and can do a lot for peace in this land [Palestine] and in our region, as it plays an exceptional regional and international role.
The president stated: ‘I briefed his honor on the recent developments and events in our country, and the violence and unrest it is experiencing, which we never wished for, and that are a result of the Israeli settlers and forces’ acts of aggression against our people, young men and women, children, property and holy sites, especially in East Jerusalem, the capital of our Palestinian state.’ He added: “We emphasized to his honor that our hands are outstretched for peace with our neighbors, peace that will be achieved by ending the occupation of our country, in accordance with UN resolutions and the Arab peace initiative, and implementation of the agreements signed by the two sides, and this is what we strive to achieve in peaceful and legal ways.’”

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