In an op-ed published in Israel Hayom, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said international tolerance for Palestinian incitement against Israel was partially to blame for the recent spate of killings by Arab terrorists.
Danon drew a clear line between the horrific murder of Hallel-Yaffa Ariel last week and the speech of Mahmoud to the European Parliament a week earlier.
In that speech, Abbas revived an old blood libel and claimed that some rabbis had called on the government of Israel to poison Palestinian water supplies. Instead of immediate condemnation, the elected European representatives of democratic nations responded with loud applause.
Danon writes, "We were all shocked. How can he say that? Lie to the European Parliament like that? This is a blood libel! But that was not the worst. We well know the constant lies and incitement of Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority. Every morning we again see Abbas' praise for terrorists through the Palestinian education system and state-run television."
"But the main thing on this occasion was not the incitement, but the applause."
Danon claims that such constant incitement turns teenage Palestinians into murderous monsters. In the twisted mind of a 17-year-old terrorist, the claim that rabbis want to poison the wells is justification enough to kills a young girl in her bed. But that does not necessarily mean that he will carry out such an attack.
"But when a monster like this then hears the applause of the Members of Parliament, his perverted ideology is confirmed by those who should be the most moral in the world. [He thinks that] if they cheer like this, they will also cheer for me."
"Unfortunately, in the complex and difficult situation of today, applause can kill."
"And just as I wrote these lines and reached the difficult conclusion that applause can kill, I heard it again. Another tragedy. 'An Israeli man murdered in front of his family and three of his family members injured.'"
"These horrific killings are not part of human nature. They are the product of long-standing incitement… Just a week ago a senior aide to Abbas said that "every place you find an Israeli – slit his throat.' And this week we saw this order carried out."
Danon ends on a positive note, claiming that Israel will defeat terrorism and win because Israel believes in life.
“We will continue to build the country and the state of moral values. The value of life. We will continue to fight Palestinian terrorism and incitement… We will continue and we will win.”