In a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday in Yerushalayim, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas missed an opportunity by not condemning the recent wave of Palestinian terrorism against Israel.
“Peace means ending incitement; it means fighting terrorism and condemning terrorism; it means recognizing Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people; it means meeting Israel’s security needs; and it means being prepared to truly end the conflict once and for all,” Netanyahu said. “If we’re to succeed in our joint effort, President Abbas must reject terror and embrace peace. I hope he doesn’t miss again the opportunity to give Israelis and Palestinians a better future.”
Netanyahu also criticized Abbas’s praising of the latest Palestinian terrorist prisoners released by Israel as “heroes” during a celebration in Ramallah.
“To glorify the murderers of innocent women and men as heroes is an outrage,” Netanyahu said. “How can President Abbas… say that he stands against terrorism when he embraces the perpetrators of terrorism and glorifies them as heroes?”