Biden slams Abbas for failing to condemn terror
US Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday appeared to condemn Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas for not speaking out against terror attacks.
His comments, delivered in Jerusalem, came minutes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Abbas’s political group had not only failed to condemn but had in fact praised a terrorist who killed an American citizen in Yaffo in a stabbing spree Tuesday evening.
“Let me say in no uncertain terms: The United States of America condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts. This cannot become an accepted modus operandi,” Biden said during a press conference alongside Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office.
“It is just not tolerable in the 21st century,” he continued. “They’re targeting innocent civilians, mothers, pregnant women, teenagers, grandfathers, American citizens. They can be no justification for this hateful violence and the United States stands firmly behind Israel when it defends itself as we are defending ourselves at this moment as well.”
Speaking before Biden, Netanyahu sent condolences to the family of Taylor Force, the American who was killed in the attack, and hailed him as a graduate of West Point, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Joe, I appreciate your strong condemnations of terrorism. Nothing justifies these attacks,” Netanyahu told the vice president. “But unfortunately, President Abbas has not only refused to condemn these terrorist attacks.
“His Fatah party actually praised the murder of this American citizen as a Palestinian martyr and a hero,” he continued. “Now, this is wrong. And this failure to condemn terrorism should be condemned itself by everybody in the international community.”