Obama gently asks Abbas to stop inciting against Israel

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday gently requested that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas "do everything he can" to prevent anti-Israel incitement in the Palestinian Authority.

The request came during a telephone conversation between the two leaders, during which Obama apparently failed to address the fact that most anti-Israel incitement comes from official Palestinian Authority organs under Abbas' direct control, such as the public school system and PA TV.

His approach to Abbas starkly contrasted Washington's hostile handling of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over continued Jewish construction in parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians. The difference between the two issues is that Israel never committed to stop building in Jerusalem, while the Palestinians long ago promised to stop encouraging their people, and most importantly their children, to kill Jews.

Obama also urged a renewal of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and said he looked forward to hosting Abbas at the White House in the near future.

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