(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday for the latter’s claim, during his meeting with President Donald Trump, that the Palestinians teach their children peace.
“We are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace,” Abbas said Wednesday in a joint press conference with Trump at the White House.
At a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Netanyahu responded to Abbas, stating, “I look forward to discussing with President Trump the best ways to advance peace. This is something we fervently share with the president.”
The prime minister continued, “I heard President Abbas yesterday say that they teach, Palestinians teach their children peace. That’s unfortunately not true. They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists. But I hope that it’s possible to achieve a change and to pursue a genuine peace. This is something Israel is always ready for. I’m always ready for genuine peace.”
The Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and translates Arab media reports, published a series of excerpts highlighting “the indoctrination of children by the Palestinian Authority and Fatah in armed resistance, jihad and martyrdom.”
Another research group, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), reported Thursday that Abbas “is personally responsible for the high salaries” the PA disburses to Palestinian terrorist prisoners. In 2010, Abbas amended the Palestinian Prisoners Law to increase the prisoners’ salaries from 1,000-4,000 shekels ($278-$1,114) per month to 1,400-12,000 shekels ($390-$3,341) monthly. PA Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Ziyad Abu Ein has “stressed that Abbas himself was personally responsible for the sharp rise in salaries to prisoners,” according to PMW.