Abbas to Biden: Security, peace, stability tied to two-state solution

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told United States Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting on Wednesday that renewing hope and providing a political roadmap to achieve a two-state solution is the key to security, peace and stability in the region.Abbas gave his condolences to Biden for the American tourist killed by a Palestinian on Tuesday, but highlighted that Israeli forces have killed nearly 200 Palestinians during the past six months.The President stressed terrorism must be fought in all its forms.The meeting came hours after Biden criticized Abbas earlier that day for not immediately condemning a string of Palestinian attacks against Israelis on Tuesday that left one American tourist dead and more than a dozen Israelis injured.All four Palestinians who committed the series of separate attacks were shot dead by Israeli forces.”The kind of violence we saw yesterday, the failure to condemn it, the rhetoric that incites that violence, the retribution that it generates, has to stop,” Biden said before the meeting, specifically targeting the Palestinian President and the Fatah party, which he said “glorified” Tuesday’s attacks.Slamming Palestinian leadership and its alleged incitement of Palestinian violence, Biden added that while such violence must be stopped, doing so “cannot and will not be done just by physical force.”While Abbas and the Fatah movement stayed largely silent after the most recent string of deadly attacks, other Palestinian factions, including popular committees, applauded the attacks and called for an escalation of violence.Earlier this year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the wave of attacks, but said that Israeli security measures were failing to “address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians — especially young people.”He added: “As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

(Source / 10.03.2016)

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