Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis on Saturday accused Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of being the greatest inciter against Israel over the past six months of violence.
“The [Palestinian] Authority has embarked on an extreme campaign of incitement against Israel in its education system and the Palestinian media,” Likud’s Akunis told a cultural event in Netanya.
“According to the Palestinians, all Israelis are apes and pigs who defile the land,” Akunis said. “Not only does the Palestinian leader not condemn terror attacks, he encourages them and pays salaries to the families of the terrorists.”
Abbas this week declined to condemn Tuesday’s attack in Jaffa, in which an American tourist was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist. He offered his condolences for Taylor Force’s murder after he was rebuked by a visiting US Vice President Joe Biden, who himself was in Jaffa at the time of the attack, but blamed Israeli occupation for the violence.
The PA president in September accused Jews of “desecrating” the Temple Mount, a site in Jerusalem holy to both Jews and Muslims, which has been a long-standing flash point for outbreaks of Palestinian violence.
“The Al-Aqsa Mosque is ours. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours as well. They have no right to desecrate the mosque with their dirty feet, we won’t allow them to do that,” said Abbas, in reference to the mosque that sits atop the Mount.
Twenty nine Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in an ongoing wave of Palestinian stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks since October. An estimated 180 Palestinians have died in the same period, more than two thirds of them in the course of attacking Israelis, and the rest in clashes with Israeli troops, according to the IDF.