United States Vice President Joe Biden met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem Wednesday. Following their meeting a press conference was held, Biden condemning the terror attacks carried out Tuesday and Wednesday, as well a criticizing the Palestinian Authority for not condemning the attacks. An American tourist, Taylor Force, 29, was killed in one of the three attacks on Tuesday.
“Let me say in no uncertain terms the United States of America condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts,” the vice president said. “The kind of violence we saw yesterday, the failure to condemn it, the rhetoric that incites that violence, the retribution that it generates, has to stop.” He added that the violence “cannot become an accepted modus operandi. This cannot be viewed by civilized leaders as an appropriate way in which to behave. It is just not tolerable in the 21st century. They’re targeting innocent civilians, mothers, pregnant women, teenagers, grandfathers, American citizens. There can be no justification for this hateful violence and the United States stands firmly behind Israel when it defends itself as we are defending ourselves at this moment as well.”
Fatah, the majority of the Palestinian Authority faction, praised the attacks carried out on Tuesday. Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned the celebrations as well as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for not condemning the attacks.
“Unfortunately President Abbas has not only refused to condemn these terrorism attacks. His Fatah party actually portrays the murderer of this American citizen as a Palestinian martyr and a hero. This is wrong. This failure to condemn terrorism should be condemned itself by everyone in the international community.”
Amir Tsarfati, a Jewish Christian, is the founder and president of Behold Israel, a news site to correct the scarcity in trustworthy reportage on issues and events impacting Israel, and to resolve the uncertainty about who or what to believe.