Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of being a lier, blaming him for inciting violence against Israelis.
He said at a special press conference on Thursday afternoon:
“The current terror campaign in Israel is a result of continuous Palestinian incitement. First, on the al-Aqsa Mosque and the outrageous claims that we are changing the status quo there or intend to destroy it, and now we have a new big lie.
First of all, he’s not dead – he’s alive. Second, he’s not innocent – he tried to kill, murder, knife to death an innocent Israeli youngster, 13-years-old, riding a bicycle. This Palestinian terrorist is now being treated in Hadassah hospital in Israel.
The only way that we can fight this big lie and all the other lies that are hurled at Israel and spread in the Palestinian social network and from there to the world, is to tell the truth. This is what we will do today. We expect all our friends and anyone concerned with the facts and the truth to look at these facts, to see the truth and not to draw a false symmetry between Israeli citizens and those who would stab them and knife them to death. Thank you.”
The address came on the heels of a televised speech released by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Palestinian people, in which he addressed a recent stabbing attack in Pisgat Zeev.