Palestinian incitement is ruining the chances of ending the conflict, Strategic
Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in the Knesset on
Steinitz presented his ministry’s report on incitement to the
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
“Incitement is a serious
obstacle to peace,” he stated.
“The Palestinian Authority is aware of the
inciting messages in its official educational institutions.”
Strategic Affairs Ministry director-general Yossi Kuperwasser reviewed the
report with the committee, giving dozens of examples from Palestinian curricula,
television programs and official PA websites to show the level of
“We did a thorough search of every Palestinian curriculum and
television program, and we didn’t find even one opposing example, in support of
peace,” Steinitz stated.
According to Steinitz, “incitement is a
widespread phenomenon that is an inseparable part of the Palestinian culture and
is not just among lone extremists.”
On Tuesday, The New York Times
published an op-ed by Steinitz titled “How Palestinian Hate Prevents
Steinitz wrote that shortly after telling the UN he wants to
“work to let the culture of peace reign,” Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas hosted Egyptian poet Hisham al-Gakh and heard a recitation of a
work declaring that “our enemy is the forktailed Zionist devil.”
of being schooled in the ‘culture of peace,’ the next generation of Palestinians
is being relentlessly fed a rhetorical diet that includes the idolization of
terrorists, the demonization of Jews and the conviction that sooner or later
Israel should cease to exist,” the strategic affairs minister
Steinitz concluded by saying that the Palestinians should pay
Israel back for releasing terrorists ahead of peace talks by no longer
encouraging hatred and delegitimization of the Jewish people and
If they don’t, he added, peace talks will be doomed to fail and
ministers will find it difficult to vote for confidence-building steps.