Steinitz: Palestinian Incitement Like Nazi Incitement
Yuval Steinitz, Strategic Affairs Minister, compared the Palestinian Authority's anti-Israel incitement with that of the Nazis during a Wednesday Knesset session.
"The Palestinian Authority speaks to the world about global peace, and in its own education promotes, finances and pushes a culture of incitement, animosity and hatred toward the Jewish people and the State of Israel, on a scale reminiscent of the Nazi incitement," he stated in the Knesset plenum.
Steinitz cited statements in the PA's educational literature that treat Jews and Zionists as "sub-human creatures" which "must be taken care of." To the PA, the MK claims, the destruction of Israel is inevitable - and the path to that goal involves denying the existence of the Jewish people, denying the Jewish people's right to their own state and denying the Jewish connection to Israel.
"This is a whole culture of animosity and hatred, which is developing even during these months of negotiations," he said.
He also stated that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself had been making inflammatory statements during meetings with world leaders, and that the US and the European Union were beginning to take notice.
The hearing was headed by MK Nissim Ze'ev (Shas) who called on Arab MKs to renounce their participation in anti-Israel activities. Ze'ev stated, "if the Arab Knesset members participate in incitement - and do not protest against them - then they become a partner" with terrorist groups.
MK Yehiel "Hilik" Bar (Labor) added to the statements, and promised to fight this incitement. However, he also stressed that the issue should be brought up in further meetings with Abbas, and encouraged the Knesset to solve the problem directly and diplomatically.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote a letter to US diplomat John Kerry in August, in which he said that "incitement and peace do not go together."
“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," he added.
Mahmoud Abbas decorated a known terrorist killer Wednesday, who was responsible for the murder of at least 125 Israelis in the 1970s and 80s. At the ceremony, he lauded the killer for "honoring" the PLO and called him "the model of a true fighter and devoted leader" to the Palestinian Arab people.