...The following is the first of no doubt many press releases that the PA will issue. Israeli apologists for the PA will note that this press release was published in Arabic, arguing that this shows how genuine the condemnation is.
Dr. Aaron Lerner..
11 June '14..
Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: The official position of the U.S. Government is that the PA cannot actually do anything to prevent rocket fire from the Gaza Strip since the US recognizes that Hamas controls the area. Therefore, the only thing the Americans actually require of the PA is that they issue a press release after each attack.
Here is the text of the US official position:
"Well, we condemn all rocket attacks from Gaza. We would also expectPresident Abbas to do so as he has in the past, and we expect the Palestinian Authority to do everything in its power to prevent attacks from Gaza into Israel. But we recognize that Hamas currently controls Gaza..."
Jen Psaki - U.S. Department of State Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
June 2, 2014
The following is the first of no doubt many press releases that the PA will issue. Israeli apologists for the PA will note that this press release was published in Arabic, arguing that this shows how genuine the condemnation is.
To be clear: the agreements that the PA is supposed to be committed to require that the PA clears out the missiles from the area - not just issue press releases.
Presidency condemns the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip
Ramallah 06/11/2014 (WAFA - PLO news agency) - Presidency condemned the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip, and demanded that all Palestinian factions honor their commitment to the truce signed in Cairo in 2012, as well as in accordance with the understandings of the reconciliation agreement, and in the interest of the Palestinian people and security and not to give Israel any pretext to continue its attacks on Gaza.