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Fatah Leader Warns of 'Extreme' Israeli Position in Peace Talks

In an exclusive telephone interview, former Palestinian Minister Qadura Fares warns that hopelessness and frustration are on the rise among Palestinians.
Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian close to the scene where Sariya Ofer, a retired Israeli army officer was killed in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Brosh Habika in the Jordan Valley October 11, 2013. Ofer was killed and his wife injured in what appeared to be an attack by Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials said on Friday. Israeli government ministers branded it a terror attack and some urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pull out of peace talks with the Palesti

A West Bank Fatah leader and head of the Palestinian Prisoner Society in Ramallah, Qadura Fares, believes that the four recent terrorist attacks against Israelis in the West Bank are not some indication that a new intifada is erupting. They are, however, a disconcerting sign of a growing sense of desperation.

Within a single month, Sgt. Tomer Hazan was killed in Samaria (Sept. 21), Sgt. Gal (Gavriel) Kobi died the following day from sniper fire in an incident that occurred near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, a 9-year-old girl was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist who infiltrated the settlement of Psagot (Oct. 5) and Col. Sariyah Ofer was bludgeoned to death in the Jordan Valley by two Palestinians wielding axes (Oct. 10).

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