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Israel deputy minister: Abbas heads a terrorist government

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis blames Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the unsolved abductions of the three Israeli students.
Masked Palestinians supporting Hamas gestures "three" as a reference to Israeli teenagers who went missing during a rally in support of Palestinians in the West Bank and against an arrest campaign by Israeli troops, in the central Gaza Strip June 20, 2014. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Friday and arrested 25 people, pursuing a weeklong crackdown against Islamist militants and house-to-house searches for three Israeli teenagers who went missing eight days ago. REUT

“The Palestinian government headed by Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist government in every way and responsible for the kidnapping of the three teens. As long as he doesn’t dismantle that government, we will not renew diplomatic negotiations with him.”

That is how Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis thinks Israel should respond to the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, even after Abbas delivered his bold speech on June 17 at the Arab League Conference in Saudi Arabia, condemning the abduction of the youths. But Abbas failed to win the hearts of the Israeli public with his comments. Not only was he subjected to criticism at home for his conciliatory speech, the Israeli political right continues to point an accusatory finger at him.

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