PM: PA incitement led to Hebron area Passover terror attack

Netanyahu says incitement continues because the PA has not yet condemned the killing of man who was on his way with his family to a Seder.

April 15, 2014 20:26
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at INSS Jan 28 2014. (photo credit: screenshot)


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lashed out at the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday evening, saying that the shooting death of Baruch Mizrahi, on his way to a Passover Seder on Monday was a result of Palestinian incitement. 

"This reprehensible murder of a man who was traveling with his family to a meal for the Festival of Freedom is the result of the incitement for which the Palestinian Authority is responsible," the prime minister said. 

"The incitement of the Palestinian Authority continues in that it has yet to see fit to condemn this abominable and reprehensible act," he added.  

Netanyahu said the Palestinian Authority continues to constantly broadcast – in it's official media – programs that incite against the existence of the State of Israel.

Mizrahi was killed and two others wounded after a Palestinian fired shots at a family vehicle on Route 35 near the Tarkumia checkpoint west of Hebron, police said.

Mizrahi a Deputy Major General was an officer in the investigation and intelligence unit of the police.

The man was pronounced dead after attempts at resuscitation, while his 28-year-old wife was in moderate condition after suffering injuries to her upper body, according to Magen David Adom. She was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.

A nine-year-old boy suffered light wounds from shrapnel in his chest. He was taken to Hadassah University Medical Center at Ein Kerem. 

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon also responded to the attack on Tuesday evening saying that the security forces would not rest until they caught the person responsible for the attack as well as the attacks planners - if there were any. 

"We will not tolerate terror attacks against Israeli citizens and we will be uncompromising toward those involved in attacks," Ya'alon said.

Similar to Netanyahu, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) also placed blame for the attack on the Palestinian Authority.

"The Palestinian Authority with Abu Mazen (President Mahmoud Abbas) at it's head, encourages and finances murderers of Jews with one hand, and with the other hand it extorts from Israel the release of its prisoners," Bennett said.  

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