PM: Abbas Incitement Responsible for Attack

Prime Minister Netanyahu says incitement by Mahmoud Abbas responsible for Jerusalem violence, after attack kills baby girl.

Tova Dvorin,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu specifically blamed the Israeli Arab leadership for Wednesday's terror attack in Jerusalem, in remarks made to the Government Press Office during a security briefing on the attack.

"This is how Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas - ed.]'s partners in government act, the same Abu Mazen who – only a few days ago – incited toward a terrorist attack in Jerusalem," the Prime Minister said. 

On Wednesday, a Hamas terrorist from Shiloach (Silwan) ran over several pedestrians near the Ammunition Hill Light Rail stop, leaving nine injured. Three were critically injured; three month-old baby Chaya Zisel Braun hy"d died from her injuries. 

Last week, Abbas called for Palestinian Arabs to stop Jews from ascending the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site - "by all means." 

"It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa... and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it," Abbas said, calling the Jews "a herd of cattle." 

Abbas's remarks were largely seen as an incitement to violence, sparking new rounds of lawlessness in an already-tense situation in Jerusalem. They were only the latest such remarks by the PA leader, who has repeatedly called for violence in Jerusalem.


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