In an interview with German daily BILD Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom said the EU should stop payments to the Palestinians because of the current brutal wave of terror against Israelis.
“The reason for this terror wave is the incitement and indoctrination of many Palestinians,” Shalom said.
“The Palestinians get a lot of money from the EU. That should be stopped as long as the Palestinians do not realize that terrorism is not a way to achieve their political goals,” he added.
He cited the interview on Palestinian television of a four year-old boy who was asked about his career aspirations. “His answer was: engineer. When asked why he wanted to become an engineer, the boy replied, so I can build rockets and thus kill Jews.”
“With how much hate this child must have been already indoctrinated in order to say something like that “, asked the minister.
“Our security forces are working with nightly curfews and checks in sensitive areas. But the most important measure must come from the Palestinians themselves: Incitement to murder has to stop”, he said.
“As (Palestinian Authority President) Abbas and the Palestinian media spread absurd lies about the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, there was a huge outcry. Here everyone can assure you that Israel does not alter the status of the Temple Mount and that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not touched.”
“But when a few days ago Palestinians burnt the Joseph Tomb, sacred for the Jews and the Christians, public indignation was barely heard in the world. This is hypocritical.”
Asked if Abbas is still a partner for Israel despite the current situation, Shalom replied: “We are talking with anyone who wants to talk to us because talking is better than fighting. Therefore, Mahmoud Abbas is a partner for us. But the condition is that he stops with incitement.”
He continued, “At the moment, Abbas behaves as before Yasser Arafat did: he talks in English of negotiations and provides simultaneously to the families of terrorists much money. Another example: The Palestinian Lawyers’ Association has recently named a scholarship for a terrorist because he was a law student. This glorification of terrorism must stop.”
When asked what is needed in order to have peace, Minister Shalom declares: “Between 150,000 and 200,000 Palestinians currently work in Israel and in Israeli settlements and earn very good money. This economic cooperation is a good way to peace. But ultimately it is up to the Palestinian leadership to say bluntly: There is after 70 years no “right of return” to Tel Aviv, Haifa or Be’er Sheva. The Palestinians have to accept a Jewish state.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travels to Berlin on Thursday to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I appreciate Chancellor Merkel very much, she’s a close friend of the State of Israel. I hope that she is committed to Israel within the European Union.”