Israel Politician Says Abbas Responsible for Tel Aviv Attack

A stabbing attack by a Palestinian on a Tel Aviv bus on Wednesday, which left at least nine people injured, has fueled the flames of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a war of words reported by local media.

The leader of Bayit Yehudi, a religious political party, Naftali Bennett put the blame for the attack squarely on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

“The man responsible for the terror attack in Tel Aviv this morning is the same person seen marching among world leaders only a week ago in Paris,” the economy minister said. Bennett added that the Palestinian leader “continues to fund the families of terrorists.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Palestinian Authority for the attack, saying it was a “direct result of the Palestinian Authority’s venomous incitement against the Jews and their state. The same terror tries to hurt us in Paris, Brussels and everywhere,” he said, as cited by Haaretz.

Labor leader Isaac Herzog said: “There is no sense of security today for the citizens of Israel, not in Jerusalem, not in communities bordering Gaza, and not in Tel Aviv.”

Hamas regarded the attack, as a “natural response to Israeli terrorism,” according to the organization’s spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri, as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

Izzat al-Risheq, a senior Hamas official, called the attack “… a brave and heroic act.” According to the official Hamas statement, it was a reaction to the continuing “Israeli crimes” against the Palestinian people.

Hamza Muhammad Hasan Matrouk, the attacker, said he was motivated by Israel’s Protective Edge operation, which killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and wounded over 11,000, mostly civilians.

The attack on Wednesday during the morning rush hour, when a young Palestinian stabbed a bus driver and several commuters, was the first attack in Tel Aviv since the middle of November. In that incident, an Israeli soldier was stabbed to death by a Palestinian.

(RT, PC –

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  1. Remember bus bombing in TelAviv in the 90’s , when Perez was Pm ?
    and lost elections ? same games are being Played at election time using Palestinian collaborators .Abbas is the last one to blame, although he deserves all blames for mismanagement of the Palestinians Aspirations running after a cloud in the sky with no Green light at the end of the tunnel . PEACE ON EARTH .

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