Give peace a chance? No, thank you: Palestinian Authority officials should not be attending the Annapolis peace conference, Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Abdullah Shallah said Friday.
Shallah's remarks were made during a phone address during a northern Gaza rally marking the 12th anniversary of Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shaqaqi's assassination. Participants in the rally carried black flags and chanted anti-Israel and anti-US slogans.
"This conference is dangerous for the Palestinians, because its aim is to drag Arab countries into normalizing their ties with Israel, define its borders, and allow the US to attack Iran," the Islamic Jihad secretary general said.
"The Palestinians must not participate in this conference," he said. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh also took part in the rally.
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad continues to launch attacks against Israel. Members of the organization have been firing Qassam rockets at Sderot and western Negev communities. In recent days, several Islamic Jihad members were killed by IDF troops in the Gaza Strip.