‘World mum on PA incitement but slams Israel on construction’

PM spokesman Regev says Palestinian media incites against Israel.

August 20, 2013 05:12
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Mark Regev

Mark Regev 370. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The world, which condemns Israel for every announcement of new settlement construction, is oddly silent when the Palestinian-controlled government media continues to incite against Israel and call for its destruction, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev said Monday.

Regev’s comments, just days before a second round of peace talks expected in Jericho, were in response to comments made by an announcer on the Palestinian Authority’s official Voice of Palestine, who said that “one day” there will be no Israel and “Palestine will be Palestine again.”

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Regev also cited a drama running on Palestinian television which he said showed Palestinians – after a Hamas-Fatah reconciliation – attacking a Jew and cutting off his ear-locks. “While this incitement is happening, we hear a deafening silence from the international community,” he said.

“When Israel builds in areas which everyone understands will remain part of Israel in a final-status agreement, this is somehow perceived as a problem for peace. When Palestinians indoctrinate their people with hatred for Israel, and thereby directly undermine reconciliation, this is ignored.

“What is required of leadership at this time is to prepare the public for respect and reconciliation. But what we are seeing from the Palestinians is the opposite: continued demonization, stress on maximalist goals and that Israel is an illegitimate creation that will eventually disappear.”

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