Liberman Blaims 'Anti-Semitic' Abbas for Stabbings

Abbas and PA incitement have sparked the terror - but the state must respond decisively, Liberman urges.

Tova Dvorin,

Avigdor Liberman.
Avigdor Liberman.
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Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman urged tough actions against the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Sunday, in the wake of two fatal stabbings in Jerusalem on Saturday night. 

Liberman attributed blame to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the stabbings, and called on the State of Israel to take punitive actions and re-establish a sense of deterrence. 

"For years I said - during my time as Foreign Minister and my encounters with him - that Abbas is not a partner and cannot be relied upon," he began.

"His recent speeches, at the United Nations and elsewhere, his anti-Semitic statements not to allow Jews to set their dirty feet on the Temple Mount, his refusal to condemn the murderous attacks against Jews and the blessings and mass encouragement to kill Jews in the Palestinian media have proven this fact: Abu Mazen [Abbas - ed.] is not a partner, without a doubt."

"We must stop all transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority immediately and deprive its senior officials of the VIP cards which give them permits to cross checkpoints in Israel and other benefits," he continued. 

Liberman also blamed the current government for being slow to take definitive measures against terror. 

"The Cabinet must make a binding decision to demolish the homes of every terrorist and that outlaws the northern branch of the Islamic movement in Israel," he said, referring to the Islamist movement run by notorious terrorist Sheikh Raed Salah.

Liberman added that the Temple Mount rioting has been orchestrated through "hardcore" Islamists on "an hourly salary from the Islamic movement." 

"The Israel Security Agency [ISA or Shin Bet - ed.] knows the identities, names, and addresses [of these terrorists], and the Cabinet must order the arrests of these people immediately." 




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