While many have been killed in the past months of terrorist violence in Israel - and many more wounded - Palestinian leadership continues to claim it is because of a peaceful uprising. Gatestone Institute's always insightful Khaled Abu Toameh asks who is fooled by these lies:
It is a puzzle: are the leaders of the Palestinian Authority (PA) playing dumb, or do they believe their own ridiculous rhetoric?
As the current wave of stabbings, car-rammings and shooting attacks, which began in October 2015, continues and even seems to be intensifying, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and top Palestinian officials insist that we are witnessing nothing but a "popular peaceful uprising."
Abbas said precisely this to a group of Arab Israeli journalists he invited to his office last week. Abbas voiced his full backing for the "popular and peaceful uprising." He further explained that Palestinians were using "all peaceful means" to "resist Israeli occupation."
For Abbas and the Palestinian leadership, the death of more than 170 Palestinians and 26 Israelis in the past five months occurred in the context of a "popular and peaceful uprising." One can only imagine what the uprising would have looked like had it not been "peaceful."
Interestingly, Abbas seems to consider knives and automatic weapons "peaceful" tools that Palestinians are entitled to use to "resist occupation..."