Netanyahu slams Abu Mazen's Qatar speech
In an earlier post, I reported on 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen's speech
at the International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem in Qatar. In that speech, Abu Mazen once again denied the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Within hours, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government slammed Abu Mazen for his lies
The Israeli official pointed out that at the 2000 Camp David negotiations between then prime minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Arafat denied there ever was a Jewish temple in Jerusalem, saying this was the reason he was not willing to make any compromises on the Holy City.
"I hope the current generation of Palestinian leadership will not make the same mistake Arafat made," the official said. "If the Palestinian side continues with a position that denies reality, that totally negates Jewish rights, then there can be no basis for peace and co-existence."
Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted
Israel expects from a man who claims that he wants peace, to prepare his people to peace&co-existance and to stop spreading lies &incitement
And Netanyahu's full statement
"This is a harshly inflammatory speech from someone who claims that he is bent on peace. The time has come for the Palestinian leadership to stop denying the past and distorting reality. For thousands of years Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People. Jerusalem, under Israeli sovereignty, will continue to be open to believers of all faiths. There is freedom of worship for all and Israel will continue to carefully maintain the holy places of all religions. Abu Mazen knows full well that there is no foundation to his contemptible remarks, including his baseless and irresponsible claims regarding the Al Aqsa Mosque. The State of Israel expects that one who supposedly champions peace would prepare his people for peace and coexistence and not disseminate lies and incitement. This is not how one makes peace."
Now, if only Netanyahu were willing to do all he can to stop Abu Mazen from destroying the evidence
Labels: Abu Mazen, Binyamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, Temple Mount