Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Most Palestinians Back Knife Attacks on Israelis; Abbas:Attacks Justified to Get a Palestinian State

Two-thirds of Palestinians support the current wave of knife attacks against Israelis, an opinion poll has found, as the Palestinian population grows ever more pessimistic about the prospects of an eventual peace settlement, the Telegraph (British) website reports today (December 15, 2015).

A survey found that 67 percent of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank support using knives to attack Israeli troops and civilians and back the onslaught that has left 21 Israelis dead in the last two months.

The same violence has claimed the lives of more than 100 Palestinians, most of whom were shot dead while carrying out the stabbing attacks, according to the Israeli government.

Mahmoud Abbas -- the Palestinian president -- said the violence was being carried out by young people "driven by despair that a two-state solution is not coming." Abbas added he believed the violence against the Israelis was "justified" -- and saw no indication of it abating -- due to Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestinian land.

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