Israeli Parliamentarian: Peace Talks or Violence

Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 11:05 AM


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JERUSALEM — A veteran Israeli parliamentarian warns that violence between Israelis and Palestinians will escalate unless peace talks resume.

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Israel radio Sunday that "We are on the eve of an Intifada." He said stalled talks must resume if bloodshed is to be avoided.

His remarks come after a week of clashes between Palestinians demonstrating support for four hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails, and Israeli forces in the West Bank. Palestinians have warned of violence if a striking prisoner dies.

Thousands of prisoners are set to go on a on a one-day hunger strike Sunday in commemoration of a fellow inmate, who was not fasting but who died in jail Saturday.

Israel said the cause was an apparent heart attack. It has launched an inquiry. Palestinians called foul play.

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