CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) issued threats to suspend peace talks with Israel if operations continue in the Gaza Strip.
The Fatah-affiliated PA government called Israel Defense Forces (IDF) counter-terror operations that killed 19 Hamas terrorists a "massacre" and called for the deployment of international forces in the Gaza Strip "to defend Palestinian civilians against recurring Israeli acts of aggression."
While Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams address "core issues" in the Israel-Palestinian peace process, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and former Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei issued similar statements.
"The Palestinians can't remain idle in the face of this massacre. Such crimes won't bring peace at all," said Abbas.
Offering his condolences to senior Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar, Fayyad called Israel's counter-terror operations "murderous actions" that sowed more hatred and hostility.
Meanwhile, chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei said Israel's efforts to destroy rocket-launching cells in Gaza will torpedo the peace process.
"This massacre places obstacles and creates difficulties for the negotiators," Qurei said. "We appeal to the Americans and the other Quartet members [United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia] to assume their responsibilities and force Israel to stop its daily incursions and actions against the Palestinians," he said.
And Hamas terrorists called on its members to carry out suicide bombings in Israel.
Sources: YNet news service, The Jerusalem Post