Saudi king urges Palestinians to unite

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Saudi King Abdullah urged Palestinians to unite, saying their internal divisions have done more harm to their cause than Israel has.

"I frankly tell you that all that the arrogant and lawbreaking enemy could not do to the Palestinian cause over the past long years of continuous aggression the Palestinians themselves have done in a few months," Abdullah said Tuesday in a cable to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the start of a Fatah conference in Bethlehem.

"I am telling you the truth, if the whole world jointly strove to establish an independent Palestinian state but the Palestinian house remained divided, nothing would be achieved."

Abdullah urged Palestinians to "rise above your pettiness and divisions to unite your ranks."

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