Abbas doesn’t want violent outbreak, COGAT head says post Gantz-PA parley

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Abbas doesn’t want violent outbreak, COGAT head says post Gantz-PA parley
“Abu Mazen [Abbas] is very interested in security stability and is not interested in [a violent] escalation,” said the head of COGAT.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
Published: DECEMBER 30, 2021

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wants to see a stable West Bank and is not interested in an escalation of violence, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Rassan Alian told army radio on Thursday. “Abu Mazen [Abbas] is very interested in security stability and is not interested in [a violent] escalation,” Alian said.

Alian spoke in the aftermath of a rare meeting at Defense Minster Benny Gantz’s home in Rosh Ha’ayin with Abbas, in which Alian was a participant. Abbas and Gantz also met in Ramallah in August. The Right has harshly criticized Gantz for speaking to Abbas. At issue, in particular, is the PA pursuit of war crimes suits against Israelis at the International Criminal Court, as well as the PA policy of providing monthly financial stipends to terrorists in Israeli jails and to the families of slain terrorists.

Both Gantz and PA General Authority for Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheik, who was also in Rosh Ha’ayin, have characterized the meeting as a necessary step in light of the growing potential for Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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