Politicians Condemn Abbas's Incitement Speech

Minister Ze'ev Elkin says PA chairman is the chief instigator of terrorism and should be treated as such.

Ben Ariel ,

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Mahmoud Abbas
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Israeli politicians on Wednesday evening condemned the speech by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, in which he accused Israel of "executing" a 13-year-old Palestinian teenager - one of two teenage Arab terrorists who carried out a brutal stabbing spree in Jerusalem on Monday.

In the same speech, Abbas also claimed that Israel is seeking to ignite a "religious war" over the Temple Mount by changing the "status-quo" - namely allowing Jews to pray there - despite Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeatedly insisting Israel would do no such thing.

Minister Ze'ev Elkin, a member of the Cabinet, reacted to the speech and said, "In his speech of blood libel and wild incitement tonight, Abbas proved once again that the primary responsibility for the wave of incitement and false blood libels which gave rise to the current wave of terror is on the Palestinian Authority and Abbas personally."

"In light of these serious remarks I plan to work with all my strength to implement what I suggested long ago, to persuade the prime minister and cabinet to extract personal and political prices from Abbas and his friends for their support of terrorism. The chief instigator of terrorism should be treated as a terrorist himself," Elkin continued.

Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev responded to the speech and said, "Abbas proved tonight that he is the head of the snake, the master and teacher of the murderers. In the inciting words of terrorism he gave from the terrorism nest in the Muqata, he revealed that the blood of the victims is on his hands and mouth."

Regev added that "Abu Mazen knows that his inciting statements lead his people to disaster, but he does not seek the good of his people - he wants blood. Abbas’s incitement against Israel will exact a heavy price, and his people will pay no less of a heavy price - if Abu Mazen will lead us to an intifada, Israel will make life in eastern Jerusalem a living hell."

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said in response to Abbas's speech, "The campaign of lies and slanders of the terrorist Abu Mazen did not stop tonight, when using sharp words he delivered a speech filled with incitement and burning hatred."

"Abu Mazen's words add fuel to the fire and support terror. The responsibility lies on his shoulders. It's time to wake up and understand that Abu Mazen is not the solution, but the heart of the problem," Levin added.

Yesh Atid chairman, MK Yair Lapid, also condemned the speech and said, "Abbas continued his campaign of incitement and his lies. His speech tonight fuels the terrorism and hatred."

"Instead of calming down the situation and condemning the terrorist criminals who try to kill innocent Israelis, Abu Mazen chose a poor performance showing a lack of leadership and cowardice at the lowest level," Lapid continued. "Abbas and the terrorists should know that Israel will continue to stand firm and fight terrorism anywhere, anytime and with great force."