The Palestinian Authority prime minister asked terrorist groups to refrain from attacking border crossings. The plea Tuesday was the first time that Ismail Haniyeh, who leads the Hamas government, has suggested that attacks by terrorist groups such as his own are harmful. “I stress the need to protect the vital interests of the Palestinian people, including the crossings that represent the veins and the lungs of the Palestinian people,” Haniyeh said at the beginning of a P.A. Cabinet meeting, according to a Reuters report. “All should stay far away, as much as possible, from the crossings, the gateways to the outside world, and avoid creating any disruptions.” Israel has closed crossings after attacks or because of threatened attacks.
May 3, 2006