'The silence of the Arab leaders is outrageous'

President Rivlin blasts Arab MKs for failing to condemn terrorist attack on the Temple Mount.

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Hezki Baruch,

Reuven Rivlin
Reuven Rivlin
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President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday criticized the Arab MKs for failing to condemn Friday's terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, in which two police officers were murdered.

"I would like to extend my condolences to the families of the policemen, Haiel Sitawe and Kamil Shnaan. This attack crossed a red line and its immediate goal is to deteriorate the region into a bloody war," Rivlin said as he spoke at the graduation ceremony at the National Security College.

"The silence and the feeble reactions of some of the Arab political leaders are outrageous. Terrorism must be unconditionally denounces. Those who do not denounce terror - cooperate with it," the president continued.

"Alongside this, I want to commend the responsible leadership in the entire region for taking clear and responsible steps, including the enlistment of the King of Jordan and the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, who understood the danger well and acted with us to calm things down,” he continued.

The Arab Joint List party has failed to condemn Friday's attack, which was carried out by three Israeli Arab terrorists who all hailed from the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm.

Arab MKs have not only failed to condemn terrorist attacks. Many of them have continuously acted against the interests of the state.

Last year, for example, three Joint List MKs visited with families of terrorists who murdered Israelis and later defended their actions.

Recent examples have included Arab MKs openly defying an order from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to visit the Temple Mount, while also urging Arabs to prevent Jews from visiting the site.

One video clip sent to Arutz Sheva showed MK Ahmed Tibi actually striking an Israel Police officer on the Mount - a criminal offense - while another MK, Jamal Zahalka, "orders" police to leave the site.