By Tzvi Zucker
Tazpit News Agency
President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to the family of Muataz Hijazi, the terrorist who attempted to murder Rabbi Yehuda Glick last week. In his letter he wrote to express his “sincere condolences” to the family, Abbas said “with anger, we have received the news of the vicious assassination crime committed by the terrorists of the Israeli occupation army against [your] son Mu’taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who will go to heaven as a martyr defending the rights of our people and its holy places.”
Hijazi was killed by police after he opened fire on the officers who came to arrest him.
Abbas’ rhetoric was handily slammed by Israeli officials, with Prime Minister Netanyahu angrily declaring “when we are trying to calm the situation, Abu Mazen sends condolences over the death of one who tried to perpetrate a reprehensible murder. The time has come for the international community to condemn him for such actions.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented on the international community’s belief that Abbas is a partner for peace, releasing a statement saying “this shows that Abu Mazen is a partner – a partner for terror, a partner for terrorists, a partner for murders.”
A Palestinian Authority controlled newspaper, Al Hayat al-Jadida, also published editorial cartoons for the past two days encouraging stone throwing and other violence. In the cartoon below, published in Al Hayat on November 1st, a Palestinian is depicted as giving blood (life) to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by throwing stones.