Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Friday for the Israeli government not to turn the Palestine-Israel conflict into an “open-ended religious war”, it has been reported.
According to the Palestinian official news agency, Abbas made his statement at the International Conference of Local Authorities in Solidarity with the Palestinian People held in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
“We [the PA] have repeatedly warned about turning the conflict from politics to religion,” said Abbas, “and they [the Israelis] have, or almost have, done so in recent days.”
He warned Israel not to approach Palestinian holy sites, mosques and churches. “To do so will ignite an open-ended religious war that no one might expect to end.”
The PA president, whose security services have arrested more than 350 Palestinians in the West Bank as part of efforts to abort a third Intifada, added that the authority condemns the…
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