At a press conference in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stop all instances of incitement, which ultimately lead to terror attacks.
“Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and the PA are spreading false rumors, saying we are defiling the Temple Mount, that we plan to destroy holy sites — those are all lies,” he says.
He adds that a “blood libel” was also spread about the suicide of a Palestinian bus driver for the Egged company on Sunday, in further anti-Israel incitement.
Netanyahu describes the four victims of today’s Har Nof attack as “innocent and pure” and sends condolences to their families.
“This time,” he notes, Abbas “condemned the massacre… and that’s good… but it’s not enough.”
He slams “daily, hourly incitement” against Israel in the PA territories… against the very fact of Israel’s existence.”
There’s incessant incitement in schools, mosques, media — “that’s the root of the conflict: the refusal to accept the legitimacy” of the Jewish state.
“To my sorrow,” he adds, the world does not demand the PA end incitement against Israel. “I urge all world leaders… I want to see shock, utter denunciation” of terrorism, of the murder of Jews in their prayer shawls.