US envoy: Palestinian Arabs are glorifying murder

'This violence and horrific glorification will only incite more attacks and rob Palestinians of the chance for peace.'

Tal Polon ,

Jason Greenblatt
Jason Greenblatt

US President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt condemned the terror attack on Tuesday night near the Samaria community of Havat Gilad, in which Rabbi Raziel Shevach was murdered.

Greenblatt placed blame for the attack squarely on “Palestinian terrorists,” and said that Palestinian Arab glorification of murder was hindering peace with Israel.

“Palestinian terrorists murdered Rabbi Shevach, father of 6 young children. Hamas & Fatah glorify his murder. This violence & horrific glorification will only incite more attacks & rob Palestinians of the chance for peace. I pray for the Shevach family.”

Earlier, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman similarly tweeted that the Palestinian Arabs were to blame for lack of peace with Israel.

“An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists. Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Look no further to why there is no peace.”

In response, the PA accused Friedman of being “biased” in favor of Israel.

“The American ambassador in Tel Aviv is known for his selective positions, biased from the outset, which reflect a positive disposition towards the occupation and the settlements and alienation from the problems of our Palestinian nation and our just and legitimate national rights,” it said in a statement.