Nir Barkat: PA Trying to Create Havoc in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat tells Arutz Sheva Palestinian Authority incitement to blame for ongoing deadly violence.

Yoni Kempinski and Ari Soffer ,

Barkat (C) with senior police at the site of
Barkat (C) with senior police at the site of
Yoni Kempinski

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said the Palestinian Authority bears responsibility for today's deadly attack in Jerusalem.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva at the scene of the attack, Barkat said the attack - in which a Hamas terrorist killed one person and wounded 13 others when he plowed his vehicle into Israeli pedestrians - was the result of "incitement... by the Palestinian Authority and others," whose aim is "to create havoc in Jerusalem."

"We will not let that happen," he vowed.

"Our hearts are crying and we want to wish the people who were hurt a fast recovery and condolences to the family of the victim," he said on behalf of the people of Jerusalem.

"On the other hand, we're very tough and we'll move on with our lives and make sure terrorists understand: they will not prevail. We will continue our path living in the city of Jerusalem, developing the city of Jerusalem."

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) made similar comments, accusing PA leader Mahmoud Abbas directly.

"Abbas was the driver of the death car in Jerusalem, and the terrorists are only his emissaries," he said. "The State of Israel must state with a clear voice that the Fatah-Hamas government is a terrorist authority and we must act against it accordingly."

Recent weeks have seen the PA - and Abbas himself - urging Arab rioters in Jerusalem to attack Jewish residents and Israeli security forces. In one televised addressed - replayed dozens of times by official PA TV, Abbas called on Muslims to prevent Jews visiting the Temple Mount using "all means necessary."