Vastavam web: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today accused the Palestinian president’s party of praising Palestinians who killed an Israeli policewoman, calling for an end to payments to the families of attackers. Two Palestinians on Friday opened fire on a group of Israeli officers just outside the walled Old City in annexed east Jerusalem, while a third stabbed a border policewoman a short distance away.”Instead of condemning the attack, Fatah… issued a statement in which it condemn(s) the officers who killed the terrorists, and praised the murderers as heroes,” Netanyahu said, referring to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’ party.
A statement by Fatah carried on the official Palestinian news agency Wafa condemned the “killing” of the three Palestinians, without mentioning the circumstances leading up to their deaths.”Of course, the Palestinian Authority is refusing to condemn the murder and the same authority will now pay financial compensation to the murderers’ families,” he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.”I call on the countries of the world to condemn the murder and those who praise it, and to demand an immediate cessation of Palestinian Authority payments to the families of terrorists, something that only encourages terror,” Netanyahu said.
Compensation payments to the families of “martyrs” who die carrying out attacks on Israelis are one of the sticking points in the moribund Middle East peace process.The Israeli policewoman was buried late yesterday in a military cemetery in the southern city Ashdod. Friday’s attack is the latest in a wave of unrest that has rocked Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories since October 2015.