The Times of Israel
January 23, 2014

Palestinian security officials on Thursday dismissed Israel’s claim that security forces had broken up an al-Qaeda plot to bomb the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.

Adnan Damiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian security services in the West Bank, said there was “no indication” that al-Qaeda has a presence in the territory.

He accused Israel of arresting some “boys” and exaggerating the nature of the threat to bolster its position in peace talks, where Israel has consistently said that it must retain a presence in parts of the West Bank after any peace deal because of security concerns.

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