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Netanyahu to Kerry: Palestinian Incitement is Continuing

"Incitement and peace do not go together,” wrote prime minister after incendiary statements on PA TV.
By Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer
First Publish: 8/10/2013, 8:51 PM

PM Binyamin Netanyahu
PM Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a letter Saturday evening to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in which he complained that Palestinian Authority (PA) incitement against Israel is continuing even after a return to U.S.-brokered “peace negotiations” between Israel and the PA was announced.

"Incitement and peace do not go together,” wrote Netanyahu. “Instead of educating the next generation of Palestinians to live in peace with Israel, the education to terror poisons them against Israel and lays the groundwork for continued violence and terror.”

Sources said Netanyahu was referring specifically to a recent statement by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who said that there would not be a single Israeli (i.e., Jew) living within a future PA state, and to a broadcast on PA TV that said the PA state's boundaries would stretch from Rosh Hanikra to Eilat – that is, it would stretch from Israel's northernwestern corner to its southern tip.

There have been many other incidents of incitement on PA TV during the renewed "peace talks" as well, as reported by Arutz Sheva.

In the most recent such incident, PA TV broadcast a crudely anti-Semitic program legitimising violence against Jews in Judea and Samaria - who were stereotyped as violent thieves. The end of the program glorified the humiliation of a religious Jew by cutting off his peyote side-curls, in a scene chillingly reminiscent of Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda.

Other Ramadan broadcasts include a re-run of a music video encouraging violence against Israelis, and the glorification of the murderer of 61 Israeli civilians on the official Facebook page of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

In other news, Kerry and other top U.S. officials met Thursday evening with a small group of Jewish community leaders to ask for their support for the diplomatic talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The talks are necessary for Israel, he argued, in part because Israel faces the threat of diplomatic isolation if it does not reach a peace deal with the PA.

Talks are scheduled to continue this week. The sides will meet Wednesday in Jerusalem, and the next meeting will be in Jericho.