Abbas: Itamar attack 'despicable, immoral, inhuman'

PA president says humans incapable of such acts; denies incitement, calls for int'l c'tee to look into PM's charges of incitement in schools.

Abbas311 reuters (photo credit: reuters)
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(photo credit: reuters)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday condemned the terror attack in Itamar over the weekend, calling it despicable, immoral and inhuman.
In an interview with Israel Radio, Abbas said that "A human being is not capable of something like that."
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"I'm not capable of seeing a four-month-old baby girl murdered, or a woman slaughtered," he said. "Any person who has a sense of humanity would be pained and driven to tears by such sights."
"Had we had advance information, we would have prevented this," Abbas asserted. "Now we want to know who carried it out."
The PA president said he telephoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to offer condolences aswell as help from his security force in solving the attack. He added that he agreed to a joint investigation with Netanyahu.
Abbas further stated that a wave of terror attacks is not expected and that he would not allow it.
The PA premier also addressedNetanyahu's accusations that the PA allows incitement against Israel in its mosques and schools, Abbas said that there is no incitement.
Abbas rejected the allegation, saying his PalestinianAuthority was "the only place in the Arab and Muslim world"where mosques used sermons pre-approved and disseminated by thegovernment.

The PA president further called for a joint Israeli-Palestinian-American committee to look into claims of incitement in Palestinian schools.