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Erekat: Israel may launch an offensive against Gaza to frustrate Kerry plan
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat gestures during his interview with Reuters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 11, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Gaza, ALRAY - Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat expected that Israel would launch an offensive against Gaza to frustrate Kerry’s peace plan with the Palestinian Authority.

Erekat said in a statement to Chinese news agency “Xinhua” that Israeli prime minister ordered to intensify raids into al-Aqsa Mosque compound to frustrate Kerry’s peace plan.

“If Netanyahu believes  that Kerry’s plan is an internationally accepted plan on the basis of international law, he will stage a war against Gaza to fail it” Erekat added.

Erekat described the recent Israeli threats against Gaza as dangerous, calling the international community to draw attention to the besieged territory and what may happen to it.

Regarding Kerry’s framework expected to be announced, Erekat said it has yet to come out and that the Palestinian side is committed to his positions on the peace process based on the international law. 

Since the late December 2013, Israeli military has escalated its operations against Gaza, carrying out several airstrikes and assassinations which killed six Palestinians and injured dozens of citizens.

Israeli senior officials repeatedly threatened to attack Gaza in recent days.