Bennett pans Shin Bet head for defending Abbas

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett sharply criticizes Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen for saying that Abbas was not responsible for inciting violence against Jewish Israelis.

“Abu Mazen [Abbas] calls for jihad in Jerusalem,” he tells Army Radio. “A few weeks ago, he said, ‘Don’t allow these contaminators, these Jews, to go up to al-Aqsa, stop them using all means.’ I don’t know what came over Yoram on this matter. I will speak to him, he’s a good guy, maybe they twisted his words.”

In a press conference on Tuesday night, Netanyahu maintained there is “no gulf” between this accusation against Abbas and Cohen’s remarks.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (photo credit:  Amit Shabi/POOL/FLASH90)
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (photo credit: Amit Shabi/Flash90, Pool)
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