‘The New Big Lie – Israel is Executing Palestinians’
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a press conference on Thursday night at the Foreign Ministry, where he, together with the ministry’s director-general Dore Gold, discussed the recent wave of Arab terrorism.
Netanyahu in his remarks addressed Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s claim that Israel had “executed” an Arab child for no reason in Jerusalem. The 13-year-old terrorist is in fact alive and receiving medical treatment from Israel, after stabbing two Israelis including a 13-year-old boy.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) tried to retroactively change Abbas’s speech to say the terrorist was “shot,” but in fact he was hit by a car as he ran searching for victims in Jerusalem’s northeastern neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev. His accomplice, another 13-year-old terrorist, was shot as he tried toattack security forces.
“First of all, he’s alive. Second, he isn’t innocent,” emphasized Netanyahu, demanding that the PA stop a “false symmetry” between innocent Israeli civilians and Arab terrorists.
He slammed “the new big lie” of the PA, which claims the IDF is “executing” Arab terrorists, and comes after claims that Israel is “desecrating” Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.
Netanyahu promised to spread the facts, and urged all to “look at these facts, see the truth, and (do) not draw a false symmetry.”
A wave of incitement fueling terror wave
A Government Press Office (GPO) spokesperson then spoke, emphasizing there is no “change in the status quo” of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, where as he noted a small number of Jews are allowed to visit and “only Muslims are allowed to pray” according to the ban of the Jordanian Waqf which holds de facto control.
Recent calls by Abbas’s Fatah inciting to terror were then shown, including Twitter posts calling for more attacks in Jerusalem.
A spokesperson then provided a rundown of the recent spate of terror attacks, and noted how just days before the attacks a large number of the terrorists used social media to call for terrorism, amid a wave of attacks including 23 stabbings leaving eight Israelis murdered.
The conference comes just a day after Gold and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud), a member of the Security Cabinet, gave a similar press conference at the Government Press Office.
In their remarks, Gold and Steinitz addressed the rampant incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA) that they attributed the current wave of attacks to, and blamed the West for giving legitimacy to terrorism against Jews in Israel in double-standards of criticism and reporting.