Israeli-Palestinian conflict talks hampered by Palestinian incitement, Netanyahu says

( Palestinian incitement is preventing progress in Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday in Jerusalem.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu April 9, 2013. Credit: U.S. State Department.

“I’m concerned about their progress because I see the Palestinians continuing with incitement, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid, run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace,” Netanyahu said.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently held a celebration in honor of the second set of 26 Palestinian terrorists released by Israel as part of negotiations. Abbas called the freed prisoners “heroes” despite their violent history.

“Praising of murderers by Abbas is the ultimate incitement to violence because it’s telling Palestinians that if they want to be heroes, if they want to be accepted by their society, then the fast track to becoming a success in Palestinian society is by killing an Israeli, injuring an Israeli, or committing any kind of terror against Israelis,” Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, told

Posted on November 6, 2013 .