Abbas: Failure to Reach Peace Will Bring Islamic State to the West Bank

In absence of peace process, 'Syrian violence and radicalism will come here,' Palestinian president tells visiting Meretz delegation.

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Barak Ravid
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, April 19, 2016.
Abbas, earlier this month. It will be a national and a personal tragedy if he ends his presidency without real hope for a Palestinian state.Credit: Michael Sohn, AP
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

Failure to revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians "will bring the Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front to Israel and the West Bank," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday.

Speaking during a meeting with a Meretz leadership delegation in Ramallah, Abbas also said that he was unable to understand those opposed to the French peace initiative.

"If we don't revive the peace process, the violence and radicalism from Syria will come here," Abbas said, according to one of the participants in the meeting. "The Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front will reach Israel and the West Bank."

Referring to the security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Abbas said that the Palestinian security apparatus had been thwarting attacks on Israel for the past decade.

"Don't ask me about it," he said. "Ask the Israeli security services."