Anti-Israel incitement on the rise among Palestinians

( Following on the heels of the fiery speech given by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations, Israeli officials say that anti-Israel rhetoric in the Palestinian Authority (PA) is at its worst level since record keeping began in 2009.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yossi Kuperwasser, who oversees a team tasked with monitoring anti-Israel incitement, briefed the Israeli cabinet on anti-Israel incitement by the Palestinians. In the presentation called “Culture of Peace and Incitement Index in the PA,” Kuperwasser said the PA is telling Palestinian civilians through its spokesman, media and education system that “the area between the River and the Sea would eventually be restored to the Palestinians.” The PA, according to Kuperwasser, also conveyed that “the demonization of Jews and Zionists in general, and Israelis and settlers in particular; and that all forms of struggle, including, the use of terrorism, are legitimate,” the Jerusalem Post reported. 

Commenting on the anti-Israel incitement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This is additional proof that this is not a dispute over land but a denial of the existence of the State of Israel.”

“As long as the Palestinian Authority educates the younger generation to hatred, how is it possible to even speak about peace?” Netanyahu asked. 

Posted on December 3, 2012 .