Despite Peace Talks, Palestinians Continue to Kill and Incite
Hamas extended warm congratulations to the Palestinian attacker who murdered an IDF soldier while he was asleep on a bus en route to Tel Aviv on Wednesday morning.
Eden Atias, 18, was travelling to his army base from his hometown in Nazareth when a 16-year-old Palestinian youth from Jenin, Hussein Ghawdra, stabbed him multiple times in the neck at a stop in the Afula central bus station.
Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Burham, described Ghawdra’s actions as heroic and called him a hero on his Facebook page on Wednesday. “Congratulations to the Palestinian West Bank hero who killed an Israeli soldier in Afula this morning.”
“This is a heroic act of resistance showing that all methods of oppression and terror have not and will not succeed in stopping our people from carrying out jihad and resistance,” posted Fawzi Burham according to reporting by the AFP.
Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon pointed to the continued incitement against Israel perpetuated under the Palestinian Authority. Ya’alon stated that “terror carried out by individuals who are not part of organizations is primarily a result of severe incitement in the Palestinian Authority, which even now, while negotiating with us, continues to educate its younger generation to admire terrorists and murder Jews.”
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon of Likud had stronger words, stating that “these ongoing talks are deluding both the Israeli public as well as the Palestinians. We must put an end to this obvious collision course.”
Last week, on November 8, 2013, Tazpit News Agency reported that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the vehicle of a couple from Jerusalem near Tekoa in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The two escaped from the burning car, which was destroyed in the fire. The woman was severely injured and her husband sustained minor injuries. Both were treated at the scene and then evacuated to a hospital in Jerusalem.
On November 7, a Palestinian terrorist operative opened fire at civilians waiting at the Tapuach junction in Judea and Samaria, and IDF soldiers shot and killed him. On October, 17, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated an army base adjacent to Ramallah, attempting to run over soldiers and was killed by IDF fire. A week earlier, on October 10, Reserve IDF Colonel Sraya Ofer was murdered by Palestinians near his home near the Jordan Valley region. A nine-year-old Israeli girl, Noam Glick, was also shot at as she was playing outside her Psagot home on October 5.
This week, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, Sultan Abu Einein, called on Palestinians to wage resistance in a speech at a rally in Nablus on November 11, where he also attacked the negotiations. He stated that “every people living under an occupation has the right to wage every kind of resistance, including an armed resistance,” according to Ma’an News Agency.