In EU speech, Abbas Accuses Rabbis of Encouraging Poisoning of Palestinian Water
JNS.org – In a speech to the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas vowed that global terrorism will come to an end if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.
Additionally, Abbas accused Israel of massacring Palestinians and even alleged that extremist rabbis are encouraging Israelis to poison Palestinian water supplies.
“In order to overcome terrorism, we also need to end Israeli occupation by creating a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital,” Abbas told the European Union (EU) legislative body’s members.
“Once this occupation ends, those pretexts will disappears and extremism will be over as will terrorism….There will be no more terrorism in the Middle East nor elsewhere in the world,” he said.
Mirroring other speeches by Abbas’s at international venues, the Palestinian leader did not directly acknowledge or condemn terrorism committed by the Palestinians, which has resulted in 38 deaths of Israelis and tourists to Israel over a nine-month-long wave of stabbing, car-ramming, and shooting attacks.
“We have the political will to achieve peace and we ask you (Israelis), do you have the same political will to achieve peace and to acknowledge the historic injustice your state has exacted on our country?” Abbas asked.
“Our history has been frankly one of a continued existence in this territory since the dawn of civilization until now,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Abbas of spreading a “blood libel” against Israel in his speech.
“Someone who refuses to meet the president and prime minister for direct negotiations, and who spreads a blood libel in the European Parliament, is lying when he says his hand is outstretched in peace,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
During his visit to Europe, Abbas refused to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who was also in Brussels to meet with EU leaders and address the European Parliament.
“On a personal level I find it strange that President Mahmoud Abbas, my friend Abu Mazen, refused again and again to meet with Israeli leaders,” Rivlin said.