During his visit to the Holy Land last week, Donald Trump met with Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. During the meeting, Abbas reassured Trump of the Palestinian desire for peace. That promise, however, did not last long. Gatestone Institute's Bassam Tawil writes that within a day of Trump's visit, the P.A. had again resumed its violent and hateful incitement against Israel:
Hard on the heels of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas's assurances to US President Donald Trump that he is raising Palestinians on a "culture of peace," he continues to glorify terrorists who have Jewish blood on their hands.
Abbas, who met with Trump in Bethlehem on May 23, told reporters that he was committed to working with the new US administration to achieve a "historic peace deal with Israel." Abbas also announced his readiness to become a "partner in the war on terrorism in our region and the world." He claimed that he and his Palestinian Authority have been promoting "tolerance and coexistence, and spreading a culture of peace and renouncing violence."
Abbas's sweet talk, however, did not last long. Just hours after Trump left the region, Abbas and his PA returned to their anti-Israel incitement. This stands in blinding contrast to what Abbas told Trump and his Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, with whom Abbas met 48 hours after his get-together with Trump in Bethlehem.
At a meeting of Fatah leaders in Ramallah on May 25, Abbas described Palestinian prisoners held by Israel as "heroes..."
Abbas's powerful message flies in the face of his promise to Trump and his representative, Jason Greenblatt, to cease all forms of incitement against Israel.
By describing the convicted terrorists as "heroes," Abbas is in fact sending a message to all Palestinians that murdering Jews is a noble and heroic act.
Such rhetoric prompts Palestinians to launch terror attacks against Israelis. It is a clear call by Abbas for Palestinians to follow in the footsteps of terrorists and murderers.
Is this Abbas's way of promoting a "culture of peace" among his people? Is this his version of encouraging Palestinians to renounce violence?