JERICHO, August 22, 2011 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas fully supports the enforcement of calm in the Gaza Strip, Monday said PLO Executive Committee Member, Saeb Erekat.
In a meeting with the Norwegian special envoy to the peace process, Jon Hanssen-Bauer, Erekat said, 'We must make every possible effort to instill calm and ensure its continuity.'
He praised the efforts of Egypt and the UN to stop the Israeli attacks on Gaza and implement the calm.
Erekat, in a press release published on Monday, noted the increased Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and the widespread operation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where Israel injured and arrested dozens of Palestinians, put up checkpoints, closed down and imposed siege on several areas in what he called 'a dangerous escalation.'He stressed the Palestinian persistence to seek United Nations full membership of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders in September, saying 'the Israeli government is delusional if it thinks the dangerous escalation will derail the Palestinian train to the UN off its track, for achieving membership of the Palestinian state within 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital has become the only way to preserve the peace process and the two-state principle, as well as to make Israel a moderate force that is held accountable,' he added.