Bennett: Abbas, Qatar have no place at anti-terror rally

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett in Paris criticizes the participation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Qatari officials in the Paris march, pointing out Qatar’s support for Hamas.

“It’s hypocritical of those same Qataris and Arabs who are financing terrorism to come and demonstrate as if against terrorism,” he is quoted by Channel 2 telling a Parisian Jewish youth group. “I don’t accept this.”

“They’re hands are covered in blood,” he tells Army Radio.

Bennett, head of the Orthodox-nationalist Jewish Home party, says there’s no difference between between terror in New York City, Tel Aviv, the West Bank settlement of Itamar and Paris. “When an Islamist murderer kills the Fogel family in Itamar, when Abu Mazen [Abbas] finances terrorists who afterwards go and blow themselves up in Tel Aviv, it’s no different from those same terrorists in Paris,” he says.

“We won’t let 2015 turn into 1938,” Bennett tells Channel 10 during his visit to Paris. He says that the battle is not just against Islamic radicalism, but for the freedom of the West in general.

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett speaks to French youths in Paris on January 11, 2015. (screen capture: Channel 2)
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett speaks to French youths in Paris on January 11, 2015. (screen capture: Channel 2)

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