Last updated: 5 October, 2015

Abbas accuses Israel of ‘escalation’ amid unrest

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas accused Israel of escalating tensions as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced new security measures in response to rioting and a deadly stabbing, a statement said Monday.

“The Israeli side and its government have an interest in dragging things into a cycle of violence and are trying through escalation at Al-Aqsa (mosque compound) and settler attacks to escape their political impasse and international isolation,” said the statement from Abbas’s office, its first reaction since a recent spike in unrest.