‘Israel exploiting attacks to sway UN’ 21Aug11 August 22, 2011

Press TV  -  21 August 2011
A Palestinian professor believes that Israel is using the attacks on its soldiers in a bid to prove to the UN that the Palestinians do not deserve a state of their own.

“This [attack on Israeli soldiers] is going to give Netanyahu enough time to launch a diplomatic attack on the Palestinians and that the Palestinians do not deserve a state of their own as a result of the attack on Israeli soldiers and civilians in Eilat,” Mukhaimer Abu Saada, a professor at al-Azhar University, told Press TV.

Israel mounted its airstrikes on the impoverished Gaza Strip, immediately after the attack on Israeli buses and a military vehicle near the Red Sea resort of Eilat, which left eight Israeli forces dead.

Tel Aviv has accused Hamas of being behind the Thursday rocket attack on Israel.

Hamas, however, has strongly denied the allegations and warned against any act of aggression against the Gaza Strip.

The renewed Israeli violence against Palestinians comes at a time when the Palestinian Authority is heading to the UN for a statehood bid in September.

Experts say instability and possible violent attacks by Israel and counter attacks by Palestinian factions will likely hamper Palestinian efforts for statehood.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a sovereign state based on the 1967 borders.


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