The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ongoing incitement against Israel is bad, but should not prevent peace talks from continuing, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on Sunday.
Livni, who heads the Israeli negotiating team for talks with the PA, made the comments after the Cabinet was presented with a detailed report on the incitement and the culture of hatred in the PA.
"The Palestinian incitement, particularly its education of children towards hatred is very serious," said Livni, but stressed that "this cannot be a reason not to take action to reach a final settlement."
She further said that the serious incitement should, in fact, serve as incentive for Israel to separate from the PA in order to maintain a Jewish and democratic state.
The findings presented to the ministers show that incitement against Israel and the Jewish people is continuing on official media channels including – inter alia – by bodies that are very close to the PA Chairman and in educational and religious networks.
The findings also show that during the period of negotiations between Israel and the PA, not only did incitement not lessen, in certain areas it even increased, and that recently, the use of prominent Nazi elements – such as the image of Hitler – has also increased.
In fact, in its latest bulletin from Sunday, Palestinian Media Watch which monitors the PA media for anti-Israel incitement, cited numerous examples of anti-Israel propaganda. These included a children's program on PA TV which misrepresents sites in Israel as being in “Palestine.”
Livni has been relentless in her insistence on pursuing a peace agreement with the PA, even as incitement and terrorism have continued.
She recently said that Israel should ignore terrorism and continue with the peace process.
“We will not allow criminal terrorists to determine Israel's future. Israel continues to act against terrorism and in this case too, if it is indeed terrorism like it appears, we will do what needs to be done,” insisted Livni.
She has also been calling Labor to join the coalition in order to weaken the Jewish Home and force a peace agreement with territorial concessions.