Abbas Condemns Jerusalem Attack as Hamas Blasts PA Security Ties With Israel

While on a visit to Germany, Palestinian leader says he seeks a solution via 'diplomatic means and peaceful resistance.'

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrap up a news conference in Berlin on April 19, 2016.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday rejected the use of violence against civilians, in remarks referring to Monday's bus bombing in Jerusalem in which 20 people were wounded.

While on a visit to Germany, Abbas said: "We are against all forms of terrorist activity that affect Israeli and Palestinian civilians."

Abbas further told the German newspaper Der Spiegel that the Palestinians were continuing their security cooperation with Israel, and with the arrest of those suspected of plotting attacks, including the most recent detentions of three Palestinian youths.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused Abbas of denying the intifada by admitting to these arrests.

After meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, told reporters that the Palestinians "want to achieve an end to the occupation and the building of settlements through diplomatic means, and through peaceful resistance by the Palestinian people," Abbas added after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel also condemned Monday's attack, saying there could be "no justification for violence." She also urged a halt to Israeli settlement activity on disputed land.