Security service head’s remarks contradict declarations by Netanyahu following recent terrorist attacks.
By Jonathan Lis|Haaretz
The terrorists who carried out Tuesday’s attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem have no previous security records and did not operate within the framework of any organization, Shin Bet security service chief Yoram Cohen told members of a Knesset committee after the incident.
People present at the discussion, in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, noted that Cohen rejected claims that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was involved in igniting passions and violence among Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
The remarks by the Shin Bet head contradict declarations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent days, and following the deadly attack on the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue.
No one among the Palestinian leadership is calling for violence, Cohen said, noting that Abbas has reiterated that the path of intifada should be rejected. “ Abu Mazen [Abbas] is not interested in terror,“ he explained, „and is not leading [his people] to terror. Nor is he doing so ‚under the table.’” At the same time, however, Cohen admitted that, “There are people in the Palestinian community who are liable to see Abu Mazen’s words of criticism as legitimization for taking action.”