MKs: Psagot Attack Encouraged by PA
MKs who gathered in Psagot on Sunday afternoon termed the attack on 9 year old Noam Glick an "attempted murder, by all definitions." Glick was shot Saturday night in the neck at close range. The girl was badly injured, but is in good condition after surgery.
MKs and ministers who visited the town held a press conference discussing the attack Sunday. Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin said that he was “not surprised at what happened, in light of the events in Judea and Samaria in recent weeks,” where there has been an uptick in rock and bomb attacks by Arabs against Israeli drivers.
The Palestinian Authority (PA), Elkin said, was responsible for the terror attacks, including Saturday night's shooting.
“Those who engage in incitement in the schools and name town squares after terrorists, and pays huge sums to the families of imprisoned terrorists,” as the PA does, “should bot be surprised that such events take place.”
Israel, said Elkin, must remain firm in negotiations going on now with the PA under American auspices.
“We will not compromise on anything when we are pressured and terrorized,” he said.
Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely said that the shooting was very reminiscent of the attack on the Fogel family of Itamar in 2011, when two terrorists murdered five people in the family.
“We are in an intolerable situation,” she said.
“We survived Yasser Arafat, but his heir Mahmoud Abbas is no better when it comes to supporting terror groups. We should tell the world that there will be no negotiations if terror continues.”
Several leftist MKs are scheduled to meet with PA chief Abbas Monday, and Hotovely slammed them.
“This will damage the government, which is trying to fight terror,” she said. “It damages our legitimate struggle to ensure safety for our citizens.”
Deputy Minister Ofir Akounis also attacked the PA, which has not even condemned the attack.
“Abbas speaks of a Palestinian state ethnically cleansed of Jews,” he said. “The first thing to do in response to this attack is to halt the release of terrorists,” he added, referring to a group of terrorists the government is slated to release later this month.