Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh
Hamas head Ismail HaniyehFlash 90

The Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas praised Wednesday's stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, calling it a “worthy response” for the “suffering” Israel has imposed on Arab residents living under the Palestinian Authority (PA).

In posts on social media, Azat al-Rishak, a top Hamas terrorist in Gaza, said that the stabbings were “the response to the crimes of the enemy against the Palestinian nation.”

Police have not yet revealed the name of the attacker, other than to say he was a 23-year-old Arab resident of Tulkarem in Samaria who was in Israel illegally.

While Hamas praised the attack, their unity party Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas has yet to comment on it.

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett joined the chorus of MKs blaming Abbas for the attack, and said that it was high time Abbas condemned attacks like this.

“The person responsible for the Tel Aviv attack is the same person who was seen marching in Paris last week with world leaders condemning terrorism,” Bennett said, referring to Abbas' participation in the mass protest held in Paris last week against the shooting attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher supermarket, in which four Jews were killed.

“When Abbas incites against Israel and Jews day and night over his media, names public squares for terrorists, and offers cash prizes to murderers of Jews, he himself becomes the supplier of the knives for terror attacks. The terrorists, essentially, are just his messengers,” he said.