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Lone-wolf Palestinians attack Israelis because ‘they have no hope,’ says Abbas

Hamas says attacks are not from despair but from resistance to the ‘occupation’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday attributed a recent spate of attacks against Israelis and soldiers to lone wolf attackers who had “lost hope,” Arabic media reports.

The Palestinian Ma’an news agency quoted Abbas as saying that “our young people are taking up knives because they have no hope.”

Speaking to a group of about 80 Palestinian students and graduates in Venezuela, Abbas distanced his government from the attacks and allegations of incitement by adding that “the situation in Palestine is difficult every day, and every day there are martyrs and children picking up knives on their own.”

“Do not believe those who say that there are parties inciting and driving them. Rather they have lost hope,” he continued.

Hamas in the Gaza strip expressed a different view on the attacks saying that it was not despair driving the attacks, but rather resistance to the “occupation.”

Hamas spokesman Usamah Hamdan wrote to Abbas on Twitter: “To Mahmoud Abbas: Our youngsters carry knives on their own because they belong to a people of resistance, who have not been conquered by the brutality of the occupiers or security coordination with them, and not because of despair.”

Since Friday there have been five incidents of Palestinians and one Jordanian attacking Israeli security forces and civilians


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