Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) said today that the absence of a Palestinian Authority (PA) condemnation of the murder of an Israel Defense Forces soldier at the hand of a Palestinian man over the weekend proves that the Palestinian leadership has no intention of making peace with Israel.
Three days after 20-year-old Tomer Hazan was lured to the West Bank by a Palestinian co-worker and subsequently murdered, Lieberman condemned the Palestinian Authority on his Facebook page, saying “the fact that the Palestinian Authority hasn’t issued a clear condemnation of the murder proves once again that the current negotiations the Palestinians are conducting with Israel is, for them, merely a tactical move solely aimed at improving their international standing.”
“The killer, Nidal Amar, comes from a family that has long been affiliated with Fatah, and several months ago, Palestinian television even aired a favorable segment about his terrorist brother, whom Amar had hoped to free from Israeli jail in exchange for the soldier he abducted. There were photos of [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas and Yasser Arafat hanging at the entrance to the family home,” Lieberman wrote, according to Israel Hayom.
“They continue to encourage and support the murder of Israelis,” Lieberman added.