Palestinian protesters 311.
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In a step underlining the importance the government attaches to quelling Palestinian incitement, the security cabinet is scheduled to discuss a new mechanism to monitor incitement on Wednesday, the same day US envoy George Mitchell is set to launch “proximity” talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Yossi Kuperwasser, the director-general of the Strategic Affairs Ministry, is to bring a report on Palestinian incitement to the security cabinet, along with a new governmental mechanism – a so-called “incitement index” – that will monitor and quantify incitement on a regular basis.
“We ultimately see this as a litmus test to how the Palestinians are
committed to peace,” a senior official in the Prime Minister’s Office
said on Tuesday. “If the Palestinian leadership is putting extremists
and terrorists on a pedestal as national heroes, that does not show a
commitment to peace. By preparing their people for peace, a commitment
to reconciliation can be demonstrated.”
The official said it was no coincidence this report and mechanism were
coming to the security cabinet for a discussion just as the proximity
talks were being started, sending a signal about the importance Israel
attributes to the matter, and as a sign that Jerusalem expects this
issue to be on the agenda during the indirect talks.