State Department: Abbas inconsistent on commitment to non-violence

Annual US State Department report says PA chairman has failed to consistently maintain a stance regarding non-violence.

Elad Benari ,

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas

An annual US State Department report on counter-terrorism published on Wednesday says Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas has failed to consistently maintain a stance regarding non-violence.

“President Mahmoud Abbas has stated in the past a commitment to non-violence, a two-state solution and previous PLO commitments, but he has also made inconsistent statements that appear to contradict and undermine his prior commitments,” the report says.

It quotes comments from Abbas that were made on PA media in August of last year in which the PA chairman said, “So we say to them: ‘Every stone you [used] to build on our land and every house you have built on our land is bound to be destroyed, Allah willing…Jerusalem is ours whether they like it or not… We shall enter Jerusalem – millions of fighters! We shall enter it! All of us, the entire Palestinian people, the entire Arab nation, the Islamic nation, and the Christian nation… They shall all enter Jerusalem…’”

Abbas’ comments were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which closely monitors Arab media.

The PA’s official media outlets regularly air incitement against Israel, including Holocaust denial and distortion and even admiration of Adolf Hitler.

The PA also continues to pay salaries and provide benefits to jailed terrorists and their families. Last year, the Israeli government decided to offset the tax money it collects on behalf of the PA because of the monthly financial aid it provides to families of terrorists.

Abbas later reiterated that he would not accept partial payment of tax transfers owed by Israel and also stressed that he would not end the financial support for the families of terrorists imprisoned or eliminated by Israel.