Israel's threats endanger Abbas' life: official

Updated: 2011-11-05 09:51


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RAMALLAH - A senior Palestinian official addressed a letter on Friday to the international community saying that the recent Israeli threats to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "would endanger his life."

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a letter addressed to members of the UN Security Council and all countries in the world that the Palestinians reject the Israeli campaign of incitement against President Abbas."

"This policy of incitement and the aggressive assault of the Israeli government and its Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman would endanger President Abbas' life and undermine the peace process," said Erekat.

Although the International Quartet Committee for peace in the Middle East have been urging the two sides to resume the peace talks, the Palestinians still insist that there will be no resumption of talks until Israel halts settlement construction.

Erekat called on the international community to protect the Palestinian people and exert a pressure on Israel to stop all settlement activities, mainly in east Jerusalem."

"The Jewish settlement building has become the Israeli tool to undermine the peace process and the principle of the two states in accordance to the borders of 1967," said Erekat.

Two weeks ago, Liberman had said that if Abbas wants to resign, he can and Israel won't feel sorry for him because he is an obstacle to peace and he is not the man of peace who acts against Israel.