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Palestinian Authority President incited synagogue murders, says Israeli Minister

November 19th, 2014
02:01 PM ET

By Henry Hullah, CNN

The Palestinian Authority President incited the Palestinians who attacked a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinetz told Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

In the worst violence seen in Jerusalem for six years, four worshippers and one police officer were killed when two Palestinian cousins attacked a local synagogue during morning prayers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came forward to condemn the attack, as have Mahmoud Abbas – also known as Abu Mazen – and the Palestinian Authority. But Abbas' words have not appeased Benjamin Netanyahu nor his Intelligence Minister.

“Those two Palestinian terrorists were inspired maybe by ISIS who are now using knives to kill people, but motivated and incited by Abu Mazen," Steinetz told the program. "It was Abu Mazen who, two months ago, called all devoted Palestinian Muslims to defend al-Aqsa Mosque by all means against who? Against the Jews who contaminate the mosque.”

“Everybody know that it's the Palestinian President is calling Palestinian Muslims to defend the al-Aqsa mosque by all means, this would lead to riots and bloodshed and terrorist attacks as we saw since he made this declaration in the last few weeks.”

‘Iran shouldn't remain a threshold nuclear state’

The attacks come at a politically fragile time for the region – as major world powers are about to resume talks with Iran offering relief from sanctions in a bid to limit the country’s nuclear program.

Israel has historically opposed any such deal but Steinitz wanted to reiterate that his country is not against the idea of negotiating in the future.

“We are not against a diplomatic solution unless - I mean on the conditions that it would be comprehensive, satisfactory solution.”

“Iran shouldn't remain a threshold nuclear state. This will be extremely dangerous, not just for us, but to the future of global security.”

“Unfortunately, what is now on the table is not a good deal but a choice between a bad deal and no [deal].”​

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