As their leaders talk peace, Palestinians call for Israel's demise

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs joined demonstrations across Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") on Tuesday blasting the participation of their leadership in US-hosted peace talks with Israel.

The largest demonstration took place in the biblical Judean town of Hebron, where one man was killed and many more wounded by Palestinian security forces wielding batons and firing live ammunition.

Prior to its departure for the Annapolis summit, the government Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas banned public events protesting the conference knowing full well that the majority of Palestinians were opposed to even the appearance of a conciliatory peace process with the Jewish state, which they refuse to recognize as such.

Israeli experts, including the heads of Israel's intelligence community, have warned that even if Abbas concluded a sincere peace agreement with Israel, he lacks the authority among his people to actually implement it in a meaningful way that will lead to long-term reconciliation and coexistence.

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