Mahmoud Abbas Speaks With Forked Tongue About Knife (And Other) Attacks

PA President Mahmoud Abbas has blamed the wave of terror attacks against Israelis on a lack of hope, rather than incitement.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday apparently attempted to distance the PA establishment from the recent spate of terror attacks against Israelis, saying the perpetrators conducted such violence on their own initiative.

He described the lone-wolf attackers as “martyrs” and youth who “have lost hope.”

Without referring directly to this weekend’s spate of attacks, Abbas nonetheless asserted that the PA condemns terrorism in all of its forms.

“Everyday we have martyrs, and youth who are carrying knives,” he said at a meeting with Palestinian students and graduates on Venezuela’s Margarita Island, where he is attending a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.

“Do not believe those who say there is someone pushing them [the attackers] or inciting them,” he added. “They do this on their own initiative, because they have lost hope and therefore go out with knives to carry out terrorist stabbings.”

This is so patently ridiculous, I can only conclude Mahmoud Abbas takes us all for dummies.

Speaking of dummies.. I suppose this is not incitement

Or this


Or this:

A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority [PA] President, Mahmoud Abbas, said Monday that any Palestinian interactions with Israelis should end with violence, rather than dialogue.

“If you ask me my blunt position, I would say—every place you find an Israeli, slit his throat,” Sultan Abu al-Einein, a member of the central committee of the ruling Fatah party, told the Palestinian website Donia al-Watan, when asked about Palestinian officials participating in Israeli conferences. “Likewise, I am against talks, negotiations, meetings, and normalization in all its forms with the Israeli occupation.”

(Yes, that last one is a bit close to home for Abbas)

As for his contention it is a lack of hope driving the terror attacks, one can only guess what these “lone wolves” lost hope for.

Lost hope to ever play Fonzie in the palestinian revival of “Happy Days.”

Lost hope to better his bench press record

Lost hope to better his bench press record

Lost hope to be able to afford a convertible

Lost hope to be able to afford a convertible

Lost hope of ever appearing on America's Top Model

Lost hope of ever appearing on America’s Top Model

I think you get my point – Abbas is lying. And on this point, Hamas and I actually agree.

But Hamas spokesperson Usamah Hamdan took to Twitter to express his disagreement with Abbas, directing his criticism directly at the PA leader.

“To Mahmoud Abbas: Our young people carry knives of their own accord because they belong to a people of resistance, which is not vanquished by the assault of the occupier or security coordination with it,” Hamdan wrote. “It’s not because of despair.”


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media