After ongoing Palestinian riots, which have including shootings, stabbings, and rock and Molotov cocktail throwing - as well as the murder of 4 Israeli civilians – Mahmoud Abbas last week justified it all as legitimate defense of holy sites, reports Palestinian Media Watch.

"The Palestinian side did not attack and did not do anything against the Israelis. If they [Israelis] think that the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem are protecting themselves, that is our right. We have to protect our holy sites," Abbas was quoted as saying by official PA media.

 Abbas then attacked Israel's defense measures against Palestinian terror:

 "The Israeli government is escalating its strong offensive against the Palestinian people everywhere... Honestly, we do not know what the reason is for this."

Palestinian Media Watch noted that Abbas made these statements last Tuesday, October 6, less than a week after Arab terrorists murdered four Israeli civilians.

Meanwhile, Abbas' adviser Sultan Abu Al-Einein explicitly glorified murder on his Facebook page. He called the stabbing murders of two civilians in Jerusalem, and the injuring of the wife and 2-year-old child of one of the victims, a "heroic operation." He also posted the picture of the stabber, and "saluting" those "protecting Jerusalem" he wrote: "Kiss their foreheads, and do not forget their hands."

Abbas ended his speech claiming he wants quiet and blaming Israel for the violence:

"We do not want a military and security escalation between us and them [Israel]... We do not start and we do not initiate. Israel has to cease and accept the hand held out to it."

'Abbas is not directly ordering terror actions'

Shin Bet Head Yoram Cohen said Sunday that the Islamic Movement and Hamas are the central forces behind the current violence. Despite his often inflammatory rhetoric, Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas is not directly ordering terror actions, he said, and is even telling his security arms to prevent terror “as much as possible.”

However, he explained, other senior officials in the PA and Fatah movement are active participants in the incitement that leads to violence.