Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday’s terror attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem is the result of a “blood libel” against Israeli Jews.
Speaking at a press conference in the aftermath of the attack that killed four, Netanyahu said that Palestinian incitement was behind Tuesday’s attack and a wave of previous attacks.
He said that Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority were guilty of hatred and incitement against the Jewish people.
“They say we want to destroy their holy places at the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu said. “It’s all lies that have already cost the lives of three-month-old Chaya Zissel,” Netanyahu said, referencing last month’s vehicular terror attack in the capital. He said that all of the victims of a string of terror attacks died because of this incitement.
Netanyahu brought up the case of an east Jerusalem Egged bus driver who had been proven by an autopsy to have committed suicide on Sunday. “This didn’t stop the inciters from saying he was murdered in what is a blood libel against the Jews.”
The prime minister said that such false incitement led to Tuesday’s attack.
He said that what is shocking is “not just the cruelty of the massacre, but the cries of happiness in Gaza and Bethlehem where they are passing out candies.”
Netanyahu said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had indeed condemned the attack, but that was not enough. In the same breath that he issued the condemnation, he linked the attack to imaginary actions taken by Israel on the Temple Mount, the prime minister charged.
When asked about Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yoram Cohen’s assertion at Tuesday’s Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting that Abbas does not encourage terror, Netanyahu said he agreed.
“There is no gap between me and the Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen. What he said is that Abbas doesn’t directly encourage terrorism. That’s true, but the incitement of the Palestinian Authority and his own words do cause terror.”
Via The Jerusalem Post