Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) laid the blame for the current terror wave in Israel on Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, in an editorial published in the Wall Street Journal Monday.
The latest surge of Arab terror attacks against Jews, she said, immediately followed a "well-orchestrated campaign of violence" and "explicit calls by the Palestinian leadership to 'spill blood.'”
She quoted Abbas, who said on PA television on September 16: “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah. With the help of Allah, every martyr will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”
Two weeks later, she noted, terrorists murdered a Jewish couple, Eitam and Naama Henkin, in front of their four children.
The PA made clear that it approved of the murder.
"Days later, with the Henkin children still in mourning, PLO official Mahmoud Ismail went on official Palestinian television, PBC, and proclaimed their parents’ murder to be a fulfillment of Palestinian 'national duty.' He was one of several Palestinian officials who condoned the murder," wrote Hotovely. She also mentioned that the PA pays handsome stipends to terrorists and their families, which serve as a powerful incentive to carry out acts of terror.
Hotovely connected the dots for her readers: "Is it surprising, then, that Mr. Abbas’s explicit call for 'blood on its way to Allah' has resulted in a surge of stabbings and other attacks against Israelis? ...The unending stream of blood-drenched caricatures and video clips that circulate virally through Palestinian social media is a telling indication of how profoundly the worship of violence is entrenched in Palestinian society. So are the many schools, city squares and sports tournaments named for arch-terrorists."
The PA educates its children on a culture of death, she accused, and the international community – which finances about a third of the PA's budget – does nothing.
"This money is intended to develop Palestinian infrastructure and foster economic growth," she wrote, "but it is being misused by the Palestinian Authority to promote the murder of Jews and to sow destruction within Israel. The international community can wield its influence toward a cessation of incitement."
Hotovely called on the international community "to seriously rethink the strange tolerance it exhibits toward the Palestinian death-culture."