In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, the head of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) said that he, remembering the lessons of history and about the Holocaust, will not insist that Berlin has increased pressure on Israel. However, he noted that he intends to ask Angela Merkel to use its friendship with Israel to facilitate the peace process.
In this interview, Mahmoud Abbas said that the world powers against the backdrop of global struggle against terror must not forget the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. «Of course, we notice that the instability in the region affects the interest in the problems of the Palestinian people, but the world should not forget us.»
He noted that the solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will contribute to the global fight against terrorism because many terrorist organizations use the Palestinian conflict as a cover. «They claim that they support our struggle. But it’s not. We are discussing the terror. But I fear that if we don’t find a solution soon, the terror will spread further,» said Mahmoud Abbas.
Mahmoud Abbas said that the latest wave of terror is not «intifada». According to him, attacks are loners. «These young people witnessed daily violence and humiliation from the occupying forces, they see their land occupied by settlers. If Israel will stop similar tactics, no child will be released more with the knife,» he assured the Palestinian leader.
This is an interview Mahmoud Abbas gave to the German newspaper ahead of his visit to Berlin angered Hamas because it referred to «full and close cooperation with Israeli security». Furthermore, the Palestinian leader accused Hamas of sabotage, noting that his administration has the situation under control.
Mahmoud Abbas appealed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him to return to the negotiating table. For its part, Abbas said that he has no preconditions for starting negotiations. But then he added that during the negotiations Israel should suspend construction in the settlements.