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Monday, October 31, 2005
Palestinian Factions Decide to Stop Attacks Against Israel [sort of]

Palestinian Factions Decide to Stop Attacks Against Israel
www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=11541

GAZA, Palestine, October 31, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - -[Official PA website]
Nabeel Abu Rodayna, the spokesman of the Palestinian leadership, said that
the Palestinian factions reached an agreement to stop mounting the security
unrest which took place over the last few days.

During an interview with the press, Abu Rodayna stressed that the
communications between Israel, the US and the Palestinian National Authority
(PNA) centered on stamping out the recent escalation.

The Higher Follow-up Committee for the Palestinian Factions declared
yesterday evening, after its meeting at the Legislative Council building,
its agreement on stopping all sorts of military reactions against Israel,
yet the Islamic Jihad movement said that it maintained its right of reacting
against the Israeli breaches.

Khaled El-Batesh, a prominent leader of the Islamic Jihad, said that a war
has been opened up against his movement, so it has the right to defend
itself.

El-Batesh added in the conclusion of the factions' meeting that Sderot and
Al-Majdal (Israeli towns) would not enjoy security as long as Kabatia and
Jenin are lacking it. "The Israelis have to know that observing the truce is
not only a Palestinian interest," he said.

He also called on the Israeli government to observe the truce, saying, "once
the Zionist enemy breaches the truce observation the Palestinian factions
have the right for reprisal. The matter is plain; the Israeli occupation
does not respect the truce. Meanwhile the Palestinian factions are hanging
on to the truce, they [Israelis] invade Kabatia and assassinate two leaders
of the Islamic Jihad in a deadly series of blatant aggressions."

Wondering surprisingly, El-Batesh said, "what shall we do? Are we to
surrender in the face of the Israeli crimes?! Never, we have to respond
against the maniac acts of the Israeli occupation."

On the other hand, Ibrahim Abu El-Naja, Secretary General of the Follow-up
Committee, said that rocket launching against Israel has been agreed to be
stopped.

"There must be a mutual concern over the truce observation, we cannot be the
only side abiding by the truce while the other side is completely absolved,"
Abu El-Naja said.

Mohammad Baraka, an Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, said that
Palestinians have the right to defend themselves against the Israeli
aggression, but their response should not be in form of that military
operation that took place in the Israeli town of Khadera four days ago.

Baraka set out what he meant by a Palestinian response. He said, "I do not
mean an operation similar to what happened in Khadera, should be carried
out, because such operations will provide the Israeli prime minister Ariel
Sharon with the ostensible reason to escalate his onslaught on the
Palestinian people and to commit more crimes and carnages. This runs
contrary to the Palestinian interest."

He added also that the current sanguinary escalation against the Palestinian
territories is not something new, because it has been running without
cessation, referring that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza Strip was
fulfilled in the purpose of creating an atmosphere through which Israel can
pass its campaign of escalation for the world.

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