Netanyahu: Given Abbas' incitement, no surprise majority of Palestinians support stabbing attacks

PA president "continues to incite with lying propaganda about Al-Aksa, executions and rejecting all true efforts to come to negotiations,” the prime minster said.

December 15, 2015 17:03
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PM Netanyahu talks with President Abbas during a family photo for the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 . (photo credit: REUTERS)

Polls showing that some 80 percent of the Palestinians support current stabbing attacks on Israelis should come as no surprise, given Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s continued incitement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

Netanyahu, during a visit to the IDF’s southern command headquarters with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, said that poll after poll in the PA shows that the Palestinians support the current terrorism and are opposed to a two-state solution.

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research released a poll on Monday showing that two-thirds of the Palestinians support the current violence, and another two-thirds said that a two-state solution is no longer viable.

“This is not surprising because Abu Mazen [Abbas] continues to incite with lying propaganda about Al-Aksa, lying propaganda about [Israeli] executions, and by rejecting all true efforts to come to negotiations,” the prime minister said.

Netanyahu said it was time for the international community to understand that “the reason there are no negotiations and no progress toward peace is not to be found on the Israeli side, but on the Palestinian one.”

In a related development, Israel Radio reported Tuesday that Netanyahu promised tens of millions of shekels to enhance security in Judea and Samaria, hit hard by the current wave of terrorism.

According to the report, Netanyahu made the promise in a meeting on Monday with Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council. The money will be used for lighting, improved cellular phone reception in certain areas, and protection for bus stops and hitchhiking posts.

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