Israeli UN Ambassador: Palestinian Authority Leader Abbas Has ‘Done Nothing but Inspire Rampant Culture of Hate’
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon excoriated Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in a speech to the Security Council on Thursday.
Addressing the body’s regular meeting on the Middle East, Danon presented an official Palestinian Authority textbook that Abbas had authorized for the current school year.
“This textbook lists a number of so-called heroes — like Dalal Mughrabi — the terrorist responsible for a massacre that killed 38 people,” Danon declared. “This is Abbas’ culture of hate — right in front of you. This is the reason Palestinian schoolchildren learn that it is better to kill a Jew than keep a job.”
Danon commented that in “13 years of rule, Abbas has done nothing but inspire this rampant culture of hate…He preaches tolerance in English and terror in Arabic…He has led his people down a path of self-destruction and misery, stealing their chance at a good life. He is the obstacle to peace. If you hope to see a better future between Israelis and Palestinians, you will join us in indicting Abbas.”
Danon also highlighted the PA’s policy of paying salaries and other benefits to terrorists and their families — a practice that resulted in new legislation in the US this year that conditioned the continuation of direct aid to the PA on a verifiable end to what critics have dubbed a “pay-to-slay” policy.
“In this year’s budget, Abbas has allocated $355 million dollars toward the pay-to-slay policy,” Danon said. “That’s 7 percent of the total PA budget.”
Concluded Danon: “Nearly half of every dollar [the international community] gives to the Palestinian people to build roads and schools is put in the pocket of those who murder Jews.”