Nabil Sha’ath, a Fatah Central Committee member, says Palestinians cannot be dragged into violence despite an Israeli plan to provoke an armed conflict in the region.
Sha’ath was speaking after a meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Secretary General Yasser Abed Rabbo and leaders of Palestinian groups in Ramallah on Sunday.
He added that there will be no return to peace talks with Israel until a full settlement freeze is upheld, Ma’an news agency reported.
Pointing to the recent killing of four Palestinian teenagers in Nablus, Sha’ath said, "Israel is acting with obsession and insanity in its confrontation against the popular struggle in the territories."
He added that people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were "alert" to avoid an armed conflict. Israel is trying to force such a confrontation to cover up its denial of Palestinians’ rights, he said.
US Mideast envoy George Mitchell is to meet acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas on Monday in Amman, Jordan, where the acting Ramallah leadership will ask the US envoy about Washington’s stance on Tel Aviv’s plans to build a 1,600-unit settlement in East Jerusalem (al-Quds) and "possibly delaying the project for three years," Sha’ath said.