ByÂ KHALED ABU TOAMEH, The Jerusalem Post
â€œAny new Israeli aggression would put the entire peace process in real danger,â€ Abbas said during a meeting in his office with the EU representative to the Palestinian territories, Christian Berger of Austria.
An IDF operation would â€œlead to the collapse of all international efforts aimed at salvaging peace,â€ Abbas said.
He urged the EU to play a larger role in the Middle East peace process, â€œespecially because of the EUâ€™s huge political and economic weight, which enables it to impact all parties to back the peace process.â€
The PA president also complained about Israelâ€™s policy of construction in settlements and east Jerusalem.
Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat expressed â€œdeep concern and fearâ€ over the latest escalation along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Blaming Israel for the escalation, Erekat said it was dangerous and had â€œmany repercussions which make us feel very worried.â€
Erekat too warned Israel against launching a new â€œaggressionâ€ on the Gaza Strip, saying such a move would lead to â€œmore complications.â€
He cautioned that a military operation would â€œpush the region toward more anarchy and bloodshed.â€
Erekat said that Israel had a strategic interest in seeing divisions among the Palestinians continue.
He accused the government of waging a campaign to convince the world that the PA and Abbas were not partners for peace. The government was responsible for the failure of the peace process because of its refusal to stop the construction in the settlements, Erekat said.
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