JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to stop invading Palestinian-controlled areas, saying Wednesday that it "deepens the hatred between the two peoples."
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Wednesday that if Abbas, known as Abu Mazen, did not begin working to end terror attacks against Israel, he would wind up like Yasser Arafat, whom Israel is trying to marginalize.
"Abu Mazen's fate is in his own hands," Shalom said.
Also Wednesday, Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians in a confrontation in the West Bank village of Qarwet Bany Zead, residents said. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.
The United States is trying to press forward its "road map" peace plan, a three-year plan that starts with an end to 31 months of violence and leads to creation of a Palestinian state. Sharon has posed 15 reservations to the plan, most of them about security.
Abbas has said he will stop militants from carrying out attacks against Israel — as required in the road map — but insists Israel honor its initial commitments as well, including freezing settlement construction in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and stopping army operations in Palestinian cities and towns.
Abbas canceled a visit Wednesday to Beit Hanoun when Israeli bulldozers and troops rolled back into the northern Gaza town. Israeli forces pulled out of Beit Hanoun on Tuesday after a five-day invasion to stop the firing of homemade rockets at a nearby Israeli town.
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