Israeli Intelligence Minister Steinitz: PA is ‘Educating, Inciting – on Daily Basis – for Destruction of Israel’
by Joshua Levitt
Israeli Intelligence Affairs Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet on Sunday, that the results of the annual “Palestinian Incitement Index” show the Palestinian Authority using many channels at its disposal to teach hate and encourage violence against Jews.
Minister Steinitz said, “We must not ignore the fact that the Palestinian educational system and media, under the patronage of Abu Mazen (Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas) and during the negotiations, are educating and inciting – on a daily basis – for the destruction of the State of Israel.”
He said the report’s findings show incitement against Israel and the Jewish People is continuing on official media channels including educational and religious networks close to the government; that examples have increased, rather than decreased, during the past five months of peace talks, and the use of prominent Nazi elements, including the image of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, have also increased this year.
In the presentation, Steinitz and Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Director General of Israeli Intelligence Affairs, presented to the cabinet four messages that were prevalent in the incitement, during a two hour discussion of the culture of hatred in the Palestinian Authority.
The four messages were:
1. Israel has no right to exist, certainly not as the state of the Jewish People, which, in any case, have no link to the holy Land;
2. The disappearance of Israel is unavoidable and is expected soon;
3. The Jews are sub-human creatures and must be dealt with accordingly;
4. In principle, all forms of struggle, including terrorism, are legitimate in order to realize the final goal.
Netanyahu said, “This is a very severe phenomenon. True peace cannot exist without stopping the incitement against Israel, and educating for peace.”
“The refusal of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish People and declare the end of national demands – this is the root of the conflict. This is also the reason why we are insisting on significant security measures, so that we will be able to defend ourselves by ourselves in any situation,” the prime minister said.