Saturday, April 26, 2014

Off the coast of the Gaza Strip nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval vessels open fire on Palestinian fishermen, wounding 1. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village nr. Hebron and Dahaysha r.c. in Bethlehem at night; patrols in 2 villages nr. Ramallah in the morning, 1 village nr. Hebron in the afternoon, and in al-‘Arub r.c. and 2 villages nr. Hebron and 1 village nr. Tulkarm at night. (MNA 4/26; PCHR 4/30)

PA Pres. Abbas says he would be willing to extend negotiations if Israel released the last round of prisoners and agreed to a settlement construction freeze, in a televised speech to the PLO Central Council in Ramallah. Abbas also says that the unity govt. will “obey my policy,” namely of recognition of Israel and rejecting “violence and terrorism.” An unnamed Israeli official tells AFP that with his speech, Abbas “administered the coup de grâce to the peace process.” (AFP, MNA, REU 4/26)