Palestinians: Israel must not respond to rocket fire

Thursday, December 23, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday warned Israel against any large-scale military response to the escalating terrorist rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told a visiting European diplomat that “any new Israeli aggression would put the entire peace process in real danger.” He did not address the fact that it was the Palestinians of Gaza who fired first.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat also warned against Israeli “aggression,” and even blamed Israel for the increased tensions along the Gaza border.

Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip have fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel over the past two weeks. On Tuesday, a 14-year-old Israeli girl was wounded when a Palestinian rocket landed outside a kindergarten in southern Israel.

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