Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office on Sunday released a new video showing the constant incitement by Palestinian Authority (PA) officials and media against Israel.
Israeli officials have warned that this incitement is the root cause for the current wave of terrorism against Israelis, but Western countries insist that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a “peace partner” for Israel.
The release of the video coincided with Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Gilad Erdan presenting ministers at Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting with the index of incitement in the PA.
The findings of the index indicate a rise in incitement in the PA, sponsored by the leadership and religious figures, in the institutions of formal education and massive exposure of the culture of incitement to the international community.
Ministers were presented with examples from children's and youth programs on the official Palestinian Authority television channel featuring – inter alia – children calling for the murder of Jews, incitement by Abbas himself encouraging terrorism, and incitement in new media.
Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry Director General Sima Vaknin noted that approximately 37% of terrorists are under 20, 39% are 21-25 and the remaining 24% are over 26.
Minister Erdan emphasized, "I intend to methodically expose the Palestinian culture of incitement among relevant communities around the world."
Erdan’s proposal is one of several proposals for action in dealing with the phenomenon of Palestinian incitement that were presented to the Cabinet:
- Establishing an economic threat to the Palestinian Authority in the form of freezing assistance or conditioning it on a halt to the discourse of incitement;
- Mapping legislation against incitement on social networks in various countries and in the European Union;
- Increasing open and concealed presence on social networks; and
- Exposing the culture of incitement to the international community.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also directed that the materials be distributed to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and EU member state foreign ministers, and to all Foreign Ministry missions around the world.