Israel's Netanyahu accuses Palestinian leader Abbas of 'irresponsible behavior'

Oct 20, 2015 9:50 AM by Cheryl Wengren

JERUSALEM (AP) -Israel's prime minister is accusing the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of "irresponsible behavior" during the past month of violence.

In a speech today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated previous assertions that Abbas has failed to condemn a string of Palestinian attacks. He called on Abbas to "stop lying, stop inciting."

In weeks of unrest, nine Israelis and 42 Palestinians have been killed, along with an Eritrean migrant worker.

Abbas has not condemned the violence outright, and last week he falsely accused Israel of executing a teenage Palestinian attacker who was actually recovering in a hospital.

But he has said Palestinians should stick to what he calls "popular resistance," which includes marches and stone throwing. He has also said armed attacks go against Palestinian interests.

Meanwhile, Israel's opposition leader says the latest Israeli-Palestinian unrest is providing a glimpse of the future if the Palestinians do not receive a state of their own. Isaac Herzog told a conference in Tel Aviv today that the current situation can't continue, and that "separation between the people has to be implemented."


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