Foreign Ministry slams UNRWA for turning into Palestinian "mouthpiece."
The Foreign Ministry is urging donor countries to the PA “to use their influence to effect a cessation in violence and incitement by the Palestinian Authority,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said on Tuesday.
“The blood of Israeli citizens is on the hands of [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas and his colleagues who are inciting children to commit murder,” she said. Hotovely cited Abbas\’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh as “praising and glorifying at 13-year-old Palestinian who set out with a butcher knife to murder Israeli children in a candy shop.” She was referring to Monday\’s attack in Pisgat Ze\’ev.
Saying that the Palestinian Authority has turned into an “incubator for fanatic terrorism,” she said Israel should consider halting its monthly financial transfers to the PA. Israel has taken this step in the past, only to reinstate the tax transfers under international pressure.
In a related development, the Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, slammed UNRWA on Tuesday for turning into a “political mouthpiece and pawn” for the Palestinians.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said that a communique on the recent wave of terror released by UNRWA on Monday was a “one-sided, anti-Israeli” statement that “completely and absurdly ignores the Palestinian wave of terror and attacks on Israeli citizens.”
UNRWA, Nachshon said, has abandoned its mission and, “not for the first time, turned itself into a political mouthpiece and pawn to serve the Palestinians.”