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November 5, 2014 3:50 pm

Israeli Leaders, Left and Right, Hold Abbas Responsible for Jerusalem Terror Wave

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Scene of vehicular terror attack. Photo: Tatzpit

Scene of vehicular terror attack. Photo: Tatzpit.

Multiple Israeli officials on Wednesday condemned Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas for what they charged was his direct and indirect incitement leading to a string of terror attacks, including today’s lethal vehicular assault in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the terror attack “…the direct outcome of incitement by Abbas, and his Hamas partners.”

A Hamas member used a van to mow down pedestrians at two points along the capital’s light rail line midday Wednesday, killing one and wounding some 14 others, several critically. The fatality, Cap. Jidan Assad, 38, a Border Police officer from the Druze village of Beit Jaan, and the wounded were crossing the street when they were hit by the speeding vehicle, according to police. Assad is survived by a pregnant wife and a three-year-old son, according to Ynet News.

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Abbas, in a condolence letter to the family of a Hamas terrorist who shot and severely wounded an Israeli-American last Wednesday, called the return fire by police which killed Muataz Hijazi a “sickening crime,” and “assassination which was perpetrated by the murderous, terrorist gangs of the despicable Israeli occupying army…”

Netanyahu, who was speaking at a memorial ceremony for the 19th anniversary of the killing of late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, said, “We are in the midst of a struggle for Jerusalem and I have no doubt that we will triumph. We are deploying all the forces that we can. It could be a prolonged struggle and we need to unite the entire nation behind it.”

Victim: Jidan Assad, 38, of Druze village of Beit Jaan. Photo: Twitter

Victim: Jidan Assad, 38, of Druze village of Beit Jaan. Photo: Twitter

The PM is to convene a special meeting with officials Wednesday night to weigh further moves to beef up security in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem vehicular terror attack map. Image Dan Smith of Israellycool

Jerusalem vehicular terror attack map. Image Dan Smith of Israellycool

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni slammed Abbas’ letter as “not only risible but also dangerous.

“You can’t on the one hand go round saying you condemn violence and on the other hand send letters encouraging it,” Livni chided, adding that the condolence note “could lead [Abbas] to lose control” of Palestinian anger in Jerusalem, “and the responsibility for that would also fall on Abbas.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon charged that “The inciting rhetoric of Mahmoud Abbas – who on the one hand disseminates hate speech and lies against the State of Israel, on the other hand praises Palestinian terrorists who attack Jews – is responsible for the bloodshed in Jerusalem.”

Yaalon said Abbas “has not changed and will not change and will continue to blacken the face of the State of Israel and to incite against it to the Palestinian population and preach hate around the world,” adding that “Mahmoud Abbas is accepted around the world as a moderate, but does not promote a culture of peace [at home], and is not really interested coexistence with the Jewish state.”

In an appeal to his counterparts worldwide, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman noted “that the incitement by the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, and particularly the letter of condolence and encouragement to the terrorist who shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick last week, are at the root of the terror attack which took place today in Jerusalem.”

“The international community cannot remain silent in the face of Palestinian President Abbas’ letter to the family of the terrorist who shot Yehuda Glick. A leadership such as that of the Palestinian Authority which glorifies and encourages terrorism creates a ‘terrorocracy’ that can lead only to increased conflict and bloodshed,” Lieberman said.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid said in comment, “We will fight this wave of terror with all our force, and those behind the attacks need to know that we will find them and bring them to justice. I call upon Abu Mazen [Abbas’ nom de guerre] to condemn these attacks, to end the incitement and to work to lower the flames in Jerusalem. Those who murder innocent civilians in cold blood dishonor the streets of the Holy City, they are terrorists and we will not let them drag us all down with them.”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said “Mahmoud Abbas is the driver of the death-car in Jerusalem, and the terrorists are just his messengers. Israel needs to say clearly that the Hamas-Fatah government is a ‘terror authority’ and it must be dealt with accordingly.”

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz called Abbas “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.”

“The terrible attack in Jerusalem is a result of the same two-facedness. We need to respond to the attack just as we did against [the late PLO chairman Yasser] Arafat — to expose the dark side of Abbas to the whole world,” Steinitz said.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said shortly after the attack, “This is a hard day in Jerusalem, and on behalf of the residents of the city, I grieve for the victim’s family, and wish the injured speedy recovery.

“The Israeli government must get tough to win the war against terrorism and riots.

“I have an important message to the city’s residents: not to forget the terrorists’ intention to disrupt our lives, to hurt and scare us. The only answer is to return the city to normal and continue our daily routine – that is the message the terrorists. We are here and not budging from here.

“We will enforce a tougher policy, and win this war,” Barkat said.

President Reuven Rivlin expressed “heartfelt pain and utter disgust” at the terror attack. “There can be no absolution for those who turn cars into weapons to attack innocent civilians at bus and train stations.

“Those who will be harmed more than any, will be the terrorists, and those who incite and support them,” Rivlin said.

“We will not cease to build across Jerusalem, to impose law and order, by virtue of our sovereignty,” Rivlin said at the Rabin commemoration.

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  • Sofia B

    Bibi, stop being the Nice Guy! This is war, with a formidable enemy – it hated you in the past, now, and the future. Their sole purpose is to kill every Jew and destroy Israel, put it back to what it was in the 1800’s – rocks and donkey manure. The world opinion will not change, imagine even in South Africa, the muslims are rioting, this is another country that has been destroyed, because the world sided with SA, it has changed alright, but all for the worst.

    Sofia

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    At the moment there is not a voice for peace among the Palestinian leadership; on the contrary, there is a resurgence of blood-thirsty, ravenous, fiendish Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, and Muslim extremist terrorists causing a massive media frenzy for Jewish blood in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria in Israel.

  • clint hale

    What?? No condemnation from Mr. Chickensh-t Obama!

  • DockyWocky

    So why keep dealing with Abbas? There is a solution to Abbas’ perfidy, or are the Izzies afraid of who might be next?

  • Lynne T

    I would not spare the Obama administration’s guaranteed-to-fail attempt at reaching a permanent peace agreement blame for this either, pressing for the release of terrorists without making it clear to Abbas that feting the released terrorists as national heroes and rewarding them generously.

    And Iran too, via Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah.

  • Fred

    Abbas gets away with incitement, after all the Arab children are taught from the beginning to hate so there is a fertile ground for incitement. Why the Temple mount is not accessible to the Jewish population is a mystery .
    The more the Arab scream wolf the world listen to them & the Jews feel and are restrained to enjoy what should be enjoyed by all, freedom to visit something like the Temple mount that has been Jewish for thousand of years.

  • I don’t blame Abbas, I blame the British government, who have encouraged Abbas by “recognizing” “Palestine” – a state with no borders!

  • Myron Robinson

    So Much for the Palestinians wanting peace. This clip should be shown on every news channel.

  • Michael Fox

    If there ever was any doubt as to Abbas’s ability to be a legitimate broker for peace in the Palestinian quest for statehood, there is none now. Mr Abbas has completely gone over to the dark side and joined the Hamas terrorist organization, as a full partner in their campaign of murdering innocent Israeli civilians….preferably Jews.

  • Kris

    I HOPE THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT WILL SUPPORT THE WIDOW AND CHILDREN OF THE OFFICER WHO WAS MURDERED BY THOSE BASTARD KILLERS.
    LETS SEE WHAT ABBAS-ARAFAT HAS TO SAY.
    HE WILL ONCE AGAIN PRAISE THE KILLERS.

    THERE IS NO WAY THAT ISRAEL CAN MOVE ANY JEWS OUT OF ANY PART OF ISRAEL TO SATISFY THE TERRORISTS.

    WAKE UP WORLD.

  • Kris

    THOSE SAVAGE BASTARDS HAVE LIED TO THE WORLD THAT THE JEWS HAVE ENTERED THE AL AKSA MOSQUE.
    NOW THE MUSLIMS IN SOUITH AFRICA ARE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST “ISRAELI OCCUPAYION IN GAZA AND WEST BANK AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE AL AKSA MOSQUE.”
    UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE LIAR TERRORISTS, WITH ABBAS AS THE TERRORISTS LEADER (ARAFAT IN A SUIT)ARE CAUSING HATRED FROM THE MUSLIMS AND THIS SPREADS TO THE WORLD. ISRAEL IS CONDEMNED FOR PROTECTING IT’S OWN COUNTRY.
    THE FACT THAT ABBAS-ARAFAT PRAISED THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A RELIGIOUS JEW SHOULD SHOW THE WORLD WHO THAT BASTARD REALLY IS.
    THEY DO NOT WANT PEACE.
    THEY WANT THE TOTLA DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL, AND THE MURDE OF EVERY JEW. READ HAMAS CHARTER.

    WHAT HAS THE BRITISH GOVERNEMNT GOT TO SAY ABOUT THIS?
    ARE THEY STILL IN FAVOUR OF A PA TERRORIST STATE?

    ISRAEL SHOULD INVITE SOME OF THOSE BRITISH MP’S TO SPEND A FEW DAYS IN JERUSALEM AND IN THE TOWNS NEAR GAZA.
    THEY WOULD WAKE UP.

    • spktruth200

      YOU deny that Israel has banned Palestinans from entering THEIR mosque…the lies your being told are astronomical….your being lied to by your own government you idiots. Israel also allowed 2 platoons of Egyptians to enter the Sinai…

  • NuritGn

    Put this terrorist in a suit in his Mukatah and let him rot there like Arafat. STOP this intifada or NO ONE will come to Israel and tourism business will die like in the 80s!

  • steven L

    The American Pr. guilty by association for putting oil on the fire. The Muslims still hold firm to their 3 x NO. The Palestinians are only despised proxies.
    Knesset speaker Feiglin position is ethically and morally correct.
    Sorry guys.

  • Two-faced Abbas? Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Dark side?
    Whether “Abbas” or “Abu Mazen,” he is and always has been
    Arafat’s doppelgänger. Time to arrest, imprison, and try
    this Holocaust denier and inciter for murder.

  • esther noodelman

    I DO WANT TO ADD ONE VERY POSITIVE COMMENT..PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN SPOKE UP AFTER THIS LAST HORRIBLE TERROR ATTACK AND SAID THAT WE WILL NOT CEASE TO BUILD ACROSS JERUSALEM ,TO IMPOSE LAW & ORDER DUE TO OUR SOVEREIGNTY.SO DID YUVAL STEINITZ,NIR BARKAT,NAFTALI BENNET,YAIR LAPID AND OF COURSE,BIBI NETANYAHU.GO SEE THE IMAX 3D FILM”JERUSALEM”–YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IT WAS OUR JERUSALEM..OH,I FORGOT, IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE A POLITICAL FILM.

  • Efram

    He can appeal to the international community all he wants, but the international community, led by Obama, has no problem with such terrorist atrocities.

  • Alan Bly

    It appears to be conclusive that no matter how radical the Palestinians get and no matter how much proof of that is indisputable, the “international community” will not hold them to task. Abbas has become the poster-boy for what the “enlightened” Western World considers the absolute right of a legitimate “People” to have their independent country. These judges of what is right and what is wrong will not hold Abbas or even Hamas accountable for the most outrageous violations of human rights or acts of blatant terrorism against Israel. So long as supporters of Israel think that “this time, they’ve gone too far,” they will be disappointed and astounded by the way the Europeans and even the President of the United States look aside and continue to attempt to force Israel to treat the Palestinians like they are a legitimate “People” capable of acting like responsible world citizens. The real measure of Israel and its leader is how they resist the foul pressures being placed on them to make deadly and irreversible concessions to the Palestinians and their despicable leaders who’s appetite for the destruction of Israel and harm to Jews everywhere is not satisfiable.

  • THE DRIVING INTO PEOPLE IS THE NEW SUICIDE BOMBER.
    EYES NOW HAVE TO BE SHARP FOR THE LOOK OUT FOR LICENCE PLATES AND OTHER WAYS TO APPREHEND THESE PERPETRATORS.

    WHEN FOUND OUT, THE HOUSE THAT HE LIVES IN SHOULD BE DESTROYED AS A PUNISHMENT AND AS A DETERRENT TO THE OTHERS. FOR NOT ONLY TO INJURE AND KILL,BUT FOR THE ATTEMPT ITSELF.

  • Doc Smith

    Look….I cannot make heads or tales anymore of the
    continuing “war” with PA/Hamas/et al….Abbas calls
    for war, Hamas wants death and destruction to
    Jews/Israel….Arabs the same….everybody hates
    everybody else….people are dying by terrorist
    attacks….riots and destruction..I have to ask…
    Israel Do You Want This To Continue Or Not!?
    If you do then I am out of the opinion business…
    If you do not.then WHY do you allow it to continue!!!?
    You have the means……does the opinion of the world
    matter more than the l ves of your citizens?????
    Does being PC carry more weight to you than
    the peace and security of your homeland!!!?
    Do you care that Iran is planning to destroy you
    with nuclear weaponry????? Please..no more Mr
    Nice Guy……get..it..done! This year-to-year conflict
    has gone on loooooooonnnnnnnnngggggggg enough!
    GET..IT…DONE!!!!!!!

  • la incitacion a comoter delitos es penado en muchos sistema judiciales,abbas lo ha hecho por lo cual debe de ser procesado en la justicia penal internacional. o de ser necesario de hecho debe ser detenido

  • Tzippi Whinestein

    Typical of corrupt leftist Israeli politicians placing the blame on others for their own doing. That includes those leftists that they themselves & the media dishonestly advertise as “right wing” or “nationalist”, including the clown occupying the PM’s office. Besides, since when has the PLO ever denied that their only purpose was to kill Jews?

  • Bernard Ross

    Lots of talk but no action, haniyehs kin still get treated in Israeli hospitals,gaza is not blockaded, gaza is not bombed in retaliation, abbas still walks the street instead of being in his grave. absurd.

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