The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister said Monday that the slaying of two Israeli soldiers by Palestinians in separate incidents in as many days should not influence peace negotiations. The statement marked the only official comment from Palestinian officials on the issue, which noticeably refrained from condemning the killings.
“This is no reason to shake off the requirements of the peace [process] in any way,” Riyad al-Malki told the Ma’an news agency on Monday.Sgt. Gal Gabriel Kobi, 20, from Tirat HaCarmel was shot in the neck at an IDF checkpoint near Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs on Sunday night. On Friday, Sgt. Tomer Hazan, 20, was lured to a village near Qalqilya in the West Bank by 42-year-old Nidal Amar, who kidnapped and killed him in the hope of trading the corpse for his brother’s release from Israeli prison.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Much like the readers on the Huffington Post (more on that later), the Palestinian Authority is refusing to speak out against the murder of an Israeli soldier: