Israel is breaking international law and it must be stopped, according to the Palestinian President.
In an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready to work with whoever wins Israel’s general election, but warned that chances for peace and a two-state solution are quickly sliding away. He also urged Europe to do more to halt Israeli action against Gaza. “You must stop cooperating with Israel as its placing itself above the law. Their actions have no legal basis and must be ended, he said, adding that Israeli leaders should also be charged with infringing international humanitarian law,” he said. He also said his Fatah party was actively seeking reconciliation with Hamas to help bring about a Palestinian unity government. However , the Palestinian Authority plans to by-pass the group in order to let UN agencies handle a 500-million euro Gaza reconstruction programme. It is also unclear when the work will start because of Palestinian infighting and Israel’s resistance to let in building supplies.