GAZA, Dec. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- A new wave of violence between the Israelis and
the Palestinians could be Israeli plot to undermine the coming elections in the
Palestinian territories, analysts said. A Palestinian suicide bombing that left
five Israelis dead in the northern Israeli city of Netanya on Monday was
followed by Israeli clampdown and Palestinian retaliation.
Palestinians accuse Israel of provoking and escalating the violence.
Suleiman Rajab, a Palestinian expert in political science, said that
the Israelis are heating up the situation by carrying out arrests and raids in
the West Bank, targeting leaders and members of radical groups like Hamas and
The Israelis know in advance that these military
operations would never crush militant groups who are always ready to retaliate,
and Israel seems to drive militants to carry out attacks against it, said Rajab.
Chief Palestinian negotiator said that the Israeli escalation would
only bring violence between the two sides.
"What we really need is a
peace process that ends immediately the occupation of the Palestinian
territories. What we need is to stop playing with the Palestinian cause and stop
making benefits out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," said Erekat.
Palestinian analysts said that Israel was trying to use the mounting
violence to disrupt the Palestinian legislative elections due on Jan.
"Isolating towns and erecting more roadblocks in the West Bank
would prevent the Palestinians from going to the polling stations freely," said
Hazem Baousha, a spokesman of the Central Election Committee (CEC) in Gaza.
Sharon has made clear his opposition to Hamas participation in the
legislative elections, and threatened to obstruct poll if Hamas was allowed to
The terrorist bombing gave Israel excuse to detain Hamas
activists, some of those decided to run in the elections, said Husam Abu Jam, a
Palestinian graduate from Gaza and close to Hamas.
He added that Israel
was totally mistaken that arresting Hamas leaders in the West Bank would weaken
the movement or block its participation in the elections.