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Abbas Counters Netanyahu, Accuses Israel of 'Ethnic Cleansing'

Palestinian president has made the accusation in the past, but is now responding to Netanyahu's claim that the removal of Israelis from West Bank is type of 'ethnic cleansing.'

The Palestinian president is accusing Israel of "ethnic cleansing," days after Israel's leader lobbed that same allegation at the Palestinians.
President Mahmoud Abbas has made the claim against Israel in the past. But his remarks late Sunday came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted West Bank settlements were not an obstacle to peace and that Palestinians wanted the "ethnic cleansing" of Jews in the West Bank.
skip - Netanyahu says Palestinian leaders want future state to be ethnically cleansed of Jews.

Netanyahu's comments drew a harsh rebuke from the U.S., which said such terminology was "inappropriate and unhelpful."
In his remarks for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Abbas said he was prepared to continue with the "diplomatic process" and was ready to meet Netanyahu to discuss peace following an invitation to both leaders to meet in Moscow.
Abbas said Israel was isolated diplomatically for "refusing to advance a single step toward peace," and continuing to build settlements.
"The Palestinians don't merely follow a policy of launching test balloons about peace, but take real steps to carry it out," Abbas said.
"Before these holy days, poisonous winds are coming from Israel's directions in an attempt to break us, but actually turned us stronger and more fateful to ourselves and more resolved, our internal unity remains strong and will not fall because of a campaign," he said.
U.S.-brokered peace negotiations collapsed in 2014.

Jack Khoury
Haaretz Correspondent
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.741581
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Video of the Week Israel votes to cut off power to Gaza.


Video: Allegations have come forth that Mahmoud Abbas (self proclaimed Palestinian "president") will - on top of asking israel to cut Gaza's power to one hour per day (just approved)now declare Gaza a rebel zone! This (if true) will mean the cutting of all aid to Gaza, the shut down of all bank accounts, stopping of all entry/exit and the international arrest warrants of Hamas officials... Calls for war have already been shouted from the rooftops with cuts to Gaza salaries by the PA, restrictions on diesel fuel (due to the PA refusing to pay), the electricity being cut down again and again (causing various problems for life in Gaza) but now it seems like the final nails are being ever so violently hammered into the coffin. If this rumour is true then conflict with Hamas is inevitable and "israel" will have the perfect excuse to massacre innocents in Gaza due to having a legal means to arrest Hamas members (who will not just hand themselves in obviously). Mahmoud Abbas is ready and willing to collectively punish the entire population of 2 million (mostly children) in the Gaza Strip in order to gain more power and to please his own oppressors. If the aid is stopped, the 80+ percent of Gazans reliant on international food aid will starve, 97% of the water in Gaza is also undrinkable, so with none coming in what's the alternative? The current conditions in Gaza would make any sane person cry and feel sick to the pit of their stomach and the so called president of Palestine is dancing around in his expensive suits licking the feet of his people's oppressors!!! Mahmoud Abbas has to go! This is disgusting! #SAVEGAZA

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