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“Israeli rejection to truce offer proves that Israel is responsible for escalation"

The view from Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi

Tuesday 22 May 2007

Palestinian Information Minister, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, stated on Tuesday that the Israeli government’s rejection of a truce offer from the Palestinian Government proves that Israel is responsible for the military escalation, and proves that it rejects the truce.

Dr. Barghouthi reported that Israel did not only reject the offer but also escalated the shelling and assassinations, and is confirming against that the recent Israeli threats and attacks prove that it is not a peace partner.

He also said that the Israeli threats to carry a large scaled military invasion seven kilometers along the border between Gaza and Israel, and the recent military escalations and assassinations, are considered very serious events that would drag the area into more tension and violence.

Dr. Barghouthi added that since the Palestinians formed their unity government two months ago, the Israeli army killed 63 Palestinians, while on the Israeli side one woman was killed. He said that Israel is to be held responsible for the death of the Israeli woman since it widened the cycle of violence instead of accepting the truce offer.

He also said that instead of responding to the offer, several Israeli leaders uttered threats to assassinate Palestinian government ministers and officials.

“This proves that Israel does not wish to be a peace partner”, Dr. Barghouthi stated, “This proves that Israel prefers aggression and escalation rather than truce and negotiations”.