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Public security minister blames Abbas, social media for attacks

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch tells the Ynet news outlet that it could take months until the violence dies down in the capital, and accuses PA President Mahmoud Abbas of encouraging terrorism on social media.

“We’re under sustained attack. There’s no quick-fix solution. Restoring quiet could take months,” he says.

The minister adds that he wouldn’t necessarily link the summer conflict to the Jerusalem violence, “though both have a connection to Hamas.”

“There is incitement, spearheaded by PA President Abu Mazen [Abbas]. Social media is making our job very difficult, and they are setting off terror [by] using the Internet to encourage attacks.”

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich on a tour of the City of David near the East Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan on October 28, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich on a tour of the City of David near the East Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan, on October 28, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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