PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said Sunday that the recent outbreak in violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem was ominously reminiscent of the early days of the second intifida, adding that the Palestinian Authority was in discussions with world leaders on how to best contain the escalating violence snowballing into a bigger conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Speaking to Palestinian Radio Sunday morning, Erekat said, “These events are reminiscent of September 2000… Experience shows us that Israel cannot prevent Palestinian freedom by forceful measures,” Erekat said.
The senior Palestinian official added that “we are in touch with leaders in the Arab world and International community in order to prevent Israel from expanding into a greater ground incursion.”
Erekat said that Palestinian leadership was waiting for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return back to the West Bank in order to implement “what (he) declared in his speech” to the UN.
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