RAMALLAH, March 1 (JMCC) - Israeli officials are charging the Palestinian prime minister with inciting Palestinians to violence, reports
the Jerusalem Post
According to assessments within the defense establishment, senior PA officials and specifically [PM Salam] Fayyad
, are encouraging Palestinian youth to partake in anti-Israel demonstrations on Fridays near security fence construction in Ni’lin
as well as in Hebron
“Fayyad is actively encouraging Palestinians to use popular resistance against Israel,” one official said....
“We need to remember that Fayyad’s ultimate plan is to unilaterally declare statehood within a year and a half if negotiations do not reach an agreement by then,” another official said. “The current cooperation between Israel and the PA is assisting the Palestinians in establishing the institutions that Fayyad will use one day to show the world that he is ready to declare statehood.”
The charges were made as the Palestinian cabinet held its weekly meeting in the city of Hebron in order - Palestinian officials said - to draw international attention to Israeli steps to assert control there.
One week ago, Israel
announced plans to renovate Hebron's shared religious shrine, sparking protests in the occupied West Bank