Fayyad: 'Israel increased military actions by 50 pc'

"I'm fed up with all that has been said of the Israeli intention of easing restrictions" in the West Bank, Fayyad said.

Fayyad: 'Israel increased military actions by 50 pc'
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Friday that he sent a letter to an American peace monitor complaining that recent Israeli military raids in the West Bank undermine his administration.

Israeli's operations are damaging efforts of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' West Bank-based administration to restore order, Fayyad said in a letter to Lt. Gen. William Fraser III, a senior Mideast envoy for the Bush administration.

"I'm fed up with all that has been said of the Israeli intention of easing restrictions" in the West Bank, Fayyad said.

"Israel increased its military actions by 50 percent in the first half of this month compared to the same period last month. What does that mean if not that Israel is trying to undermine the Palestinian Authority?"

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called on Palestinians on Thursday to ignore an Israeli army attempt to shut down a major commercial centre in Nablus.

"Shopkeepers are invited to open their stores and ignore the Israeli decision," Fayyad said. "The Israeli army orders and decisions are not valid ... We will deal with them as if they don't exist."

Abbas is so irritated by the settlement building that an aide said he is considering suspending the peace talks: "The Palestinian leadership views gravely the continuing settlement expansion ... and is considering suspending peace talks with Israel," Yasser Abed Rabbo told Reuters.

Abbas visits Paris on Sunday, as does Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, for a meeting of European and Mediterranean leaders: "The president will inform the international community and Olmert in Paris of his decision," Abed Rabbo said.

Hamas leader Haniyeh strongly condemned recent Israeli raids on civilian institutions in the West Bank.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Wednesday Israel was waging a dirty war against Hamas, Israeli newspaper reported.

Agencies
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