Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) joined Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and a long list of MKs from all ends of the political spectrum condemning Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, after Abbas declared to the UN that he rejects the 1994 Oslo Accords.
"Yet again: a speech full of lies and incitement by Abbas against the state of Israel," said Ya'alon.
"Time after time it has been proposed to Abbas – and it is proposed even now – to sit at the negotiating table with no preconditions to talk about the core issues of the conflict for the benefit of the Israelis and the Palestinians, and for the future generations."
"Time after time he evades responsibility, and instead of that chooses unilateral steps and slander trips which consist of the propagation of lies, incitement and an attempt to undermine the legitimacy and our rights to a Jewish national homeland," continued the minister.
Deconstructing Abbas's claims that he is working for peace, Ya'alon said, "if only Abbas was honest in his intentions, he would stop the serious incitement against the state of Israel in the Palestinian educational system, and cease from his slanderous speeches in the world in general and the UN in particular."
"But from Abbas's point of view, the conflict isn't territorial but rather about our very existence here," he concluded. "This is the reality we are dealing with, and we are doing so firmly, with responsibility and understanding for the sake of the security of the citizens of the state of Israel."
Ya'alon's statement appears to refer to the fact that Abbas torpedoed the last round of peace talks by, among other things, refusing to recognize the existence of the Jewish state of Israel.