Dore Gold to Abbas: Tear down terror monument

Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold recounts experiencing deadly attack - whose mastermind was recently honored by PA.

Ari Soffer,

Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold
Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold
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The Director-General of Israel's Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, has released a video slamming the Palestinian Authority for building a monument to honor the terrorist who planted a bomb which killed 15 Israeli civilians in the center of Jerusalem.

The monument to Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar, who masterminded the 1976 attack, was unveiled at an official PA ceremony earlier this month.

In the video, Gold - who was shopping nearby when the bomb went off, described what he saw that day.

"It was a Friday and I was doing my shopping innocently, until all of a sudden I heard this incredibly loud explosion. I turned around and I saw bodies strewn everywhere."

In the attack, a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in the heart of Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. Abu Sukkar was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a "goodwill gesture" from Israel to the PA in 2003.

He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an adviser to the PA Chairman Yasser Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013.

The decision by the PA to honor the terrorist proves Abbas is not serious about wanting peace, Gold contended.

"That's the education the Palestinian Authority wants to give to its children," he said.

"The way it is now, we're not gong to be able to get very far in any kind of negotiation, because negotiation requires a culture of peace and not a culture of death.

"So I'm hoping that Abbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority - who heads the Fatah movement - will tear down that monument."




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