Abbas halts contacts with Israel over Gaza
( AFP ) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas formally suspended all contacts with Israel on Sunday in protest at the blitz on the Gaza Strip that has killed nearly 70 people, his spokesman said.
"The negotiations are suspended, as are all contacts on all levels, because in light of the Israeli aggression such communication has no meaning," Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement.
"The Israeli government has decided to prosecute an unjust war and the open slaughter of our people. It bears sole responsibility for the hindering the peace process and all the effects and consequences of this decision," he said.
He added that Abbas had ordered the negotiating team to suspend all contacts with Israel "until the aggression stops".