Palestinian official says violence spike due to occupation

Increasing violence between Palestinians and Israelis have roots in decades of occupation, Palestine’s foreign minister says

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Relatives, including the mother (4thR), mourn next to the body of Naim Safi, a Palestinian teenager who was killed by Israeli military forces, during his funeral on February 15, 2016

Renewed violence between Israelis and Palestinians has its roots in the latter's humiliation and desperation after decades of occupation, Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riad al Malki said on Monday.

Five Palestinian children were shot dead by Israeli soldiers, while allegedly carrying out attacks on Sunday.

Over the past few months, the focus of Palestinian-Israeli violence has largely shifted from the Gaza Strip to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where over 173 Palestinians have been killed and some 26 Israelis died.

Approximately 70 percent of the 173 Palestinians killed were controversially alleged to be knife wielding attackers, by the Israeli Army.

Palestinians born under Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank, which began in 1967, have seen nothing but humiliation, soldiers’ checkpoints, deaths and killing,” Malki said.

"They are born without any hope for the future... that's why sometimes they sacrifice their lives, even at the age of 15, for the better lives of the rest of the Palestinians," Malki told a press conference.

He is visiting Japan with Palestinian President, Mahmud Abbas, who was due to meet Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, later on Monday.

"The international community has to understand that there is a limit to everything," he said.

Some analysts say that Israeli frustration of failing to occupy all of Palestine and the West Bank along with the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their fractured leaders’ ideology of occupying all of Palestine has fractured the peace of the region since 1967.

Peace talks collapsed in April 2014 and since then the situation has deteriorated, with the prospects of fresh dialogue, appearing more remote than ever.

Malki said that one-on-one talks with Israel were out of the question.

"We will never go back and sit again in direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations."

He stressed that a multilateral framework to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is needed and he praised an initiative discussed late last month by France to revive plans for an international conference to end the conflict.

He also warned that without international involvement a “vacuum” will be left.

"If the Americans are giving up and the Europeans don't have the courage to do anything and Arabs are really worried about their own problems, what do you expect? Extremists around might take over."

TRTWorld and agencies