The Palestinian Authority “sings for terror,” IDF Brigadier General Yossi Kuperwasser, director general of the Strategic Affairs Ministry, said Saturday night, 24 hours after PA terrorists slaughtered five members of the Fogel family in the Jewish community of Itamar in Samaria.
He also contradicted American claims that the Palestinian Authority is making an honest attempt to combat terror.
He revealed that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, hours after the massacre at Itamar, met with a member of a song group that contributes to an “atmosphere of terror.”
“The foundation of Fatah still is the use of terror -- which it calls resistance -- as the preferred tool to ‘free Palestine,’" he said in a special conference call with the media Saturday night. “Through songs and school textbooks and by honoring terrorists, the Palestinian Authority calls for terrorist attacks, and children are told to prepare homework on a song written by an Egyptian in 1948 calling for terror.
“That is the kind of message the Palestinian Authority public gets from its leadership, even though they say to the world, ‘We are against violence because violence doesn’t pay, but that does not mean it is not legitimate; people who commit violence are our heroes.’”
Kuperwasser (pictured) also accepted criticism from several journalists that foreign governments, especially the United States, are not receiving a clear message from Israel.
He said he will tell the Cabinet Sunday that Israel needs a clear, unified voice to negate J Street and Peace Now “blame Israel” messages. Four Kadima party Knesset Members attended the annual conference of J Street, which until recently was a favorite source of views on Israel for U.S. President Barack Obama. J Street and Peace Now’s general policy is to blame a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria as the reason for Palestinian Authority terror, ignoring the fact that there have been many more terror attacks in Israel's main cities than in Judea and Samaria and that they began long before the 1967 War..
Kuperwasser contradicted American claims that the Palestinian Authority has made a serious contribution to the reduction of terror in Judea and Samaria. “They make cosmetic moves but incitement continues shortly after every terrorist attack,” he stated.
He also said that the savage attack on the Fogel family Friday night demonstrates there is no “culture of peace” in the Palestinian Authority.
In response to a question from Israel National News on whether he could connect the attack with the removal of key security checkpoints in the area of Itamar, Kuperwasser said, “I hope not. We are investigating.”
The Brigadier General, a former senior intelligence officer of the IDF Central Command, charged that the Palestinian Authority “index of peace” shows that the Arabs are less involved in direct terror but are involved in encouraging terrorism and violence. "They are building a culture that refuses the right of Jews to live in the Land of Israel, and this ongoing phenomenon and brainwashing have a lot do with the background behind this inhumane attack [on Itamar],” he said.