“Of course, Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with anyone who is dedicated to its destruction. But while I know you have had differences with the Palestinian Authority, I believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas…” — Barack Obama, March 21, 2013
An update on this story.
“PA”s Fatah Facebook Page Praises Terrorist Who Shot 9-Year-Old Girl in Psagot,” by Joshua Levitt in Algemeiner, October 6 (thanks to Maxwell):
After a nine year old girl was shot in the Israeli town of Psagot in the West Bank on Saturday, an official Fatah Facebook page praised the terrorist shooter.
In a post identified by Palestinian Media Watch, the administrator related Saturday”s attack to a sniper attack that killed an Israeli soldier in Hebron two weeks ago. Writing on behalf of Fatah, the page praised “the sniper of Palestine” who began his work in Hebron (the shooting of the soldier), passed through El-Bireh (the shooting of the girl), and — according to the Facebook page post — will continue in more places in the future:
“The sniper of Palestine was here. He saluted Hebron, and rested in El-Bireh. He left the signature of [real] men in different parts of the homeland. He saluted and left, and moved on to a different place, with a new signature, as he tells the stories of those who love the homeland,” the Facebook post at “Fatah — The Main Page” read today.
Speaking at today”s cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed a finger at the Palestinian Authority for “the ongoing incitement in the Palestinian media” that, he said, allows these attacks to continue.
“We do not content ourselves with the fact that our staunch security policies have made this the most quiet year in a decade in terms of terrorist attacks,” the prime minister said, according to Israel daily Ma”ariv. “First of all, we detect an increase in terror attacks recently, and I must say that as long as incitement continues in the Palestinian media, the [Palestinian] Authority cannot evade responsibility for these incidents.”
Last week, the PA held a memorial for terrorist Abu Sukkar who killed 15 Israelis with a bomb. In a speech, PA Chairman Abbas himself stated that “Fatah lost a beacon.”