'The Palestinian Authority is responsible for terror attacks'

Energy Minister Steinitz says government wants united Jerusalem, PA must stop teaching youth to hate Israelis if it wants peace deal.

Chana Roberts ,

Yuval Steinitz
Yuval Steinitz
Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) just prior to Sunday's weekly Cabinet meeting spoke about Friday's terror attack and the need for the Palestinian Authority to cease incitement and condemn terror.

"The Palestinian Authority is responsible for such terrorist acts," Steinitz said. "Not only because they don't condemn it, but because they educate young Palestinians in schools and kindergartens that Jews are horrible creatures, that terrorists are heroes, shahids, martyrs."

"They call streets by the names of terrorists, give money to their families, to the families of murderers.

"People should realize that Abu Mazen (Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, ed.) and the Palestinian Authority cannot be considered as a partner for peace and security until it ends this...anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli incitement, and instead of calling streets by the names of terrorists, they start to condemn such acts of terrorism."

Regarding the Israeli government's stance on whether Jerusalem should remain united in case of a peace deal, Steinitz said, "I think that Jerusalem should remain a united city, the capital of the State of Israel, and there is no need for any of us to show that he is more loyal to Jerusalem than somebody else."

"I think all of us, the Prime Minister, and all members of the coalition, are fully committed to...a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and there is no reason for this competition of 'who is more loyal to Jerusalem,'" alluding to the law proposed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett that would make it impossible to divide Jerusalem unless 80 MKs voted for it.