Palestinian media this week reported that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, both labeled as "moderates" by the international community, heaped condolences and praise on the families of three terrorists involved in the killing of an Israeli rabbi.
Last week, a four-man terrorist team from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades shot and killed Rabbi Avshalom Chai as he drove with his wife and one of his seven children on a road in northern Samaria. The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades are part of Abbas' ruling Fatah faction.
Two days later, Israeli troops tracked three of the terrorists to an apartment in the Samarian town of Nablus. The soldiers shot and killed all three after they opened fire on the Israelis.
In the following days, Abbas publicly declared the three to be "holy martyrs," and both he and Fayyad paid condolence visits to the deceased terrorists' families. A senior member of the Fatah Central Committee called the terrorists "brave heroes."
Such behavior contradicts declarations made by Abbas to international media outlets that he does not support further terrorist violence against Israelis.
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