Netanyahu Cites Palestinian Incitement in Letter to Kerry

YERUSHALAYIM -

Palestinian incitement against Israel is undermining the current round of peace talks, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu complained to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Netanyahu charged leading Palestinian Authority officials with calling for Israel’s destruction even after peace talks resumed on July 31 in Washington.

“Incitement and peace cannot coexist,” an Israeli official said, quoting Netanyahu as telling Kerry in a letter sent over the weekend. “Instead of educating the next generation of Palestinians to live in peace with Israel, the education of hate poisons them against Israel and lays the groundwork for continued violence and terror,” he wrote.

Netanyahu’s letter cited a remark by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made on July 29 that a future Palestinian state “would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier.”

Netanyahu also mentioned an official Palestinian broadcast last week, during which Israeli towns and cities were referred to as Palestinian, as a typical occurrence.

The U.S. embassy in Israel had no immediate comment on Netanyahu’s letter to Kerry.