Does Team Obama want more Palestinian attacks on Israelis? Secretary of State John Kerry sure gives that impression.
Wednesday saw more bloodletting: An Arab stabbed a 70-year-old woman as she boarded a Jerusalem bus. Another pulled a knife on cops, who foiled the attack.
That follows weeks of violence that’s left eight innocent Israelis dead and more injured, mostly in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, Israel began deploying hundreds of troops to help thwart the violence.
What’s fueled the terror is no secret: Palestinian groups have spread inflammatory lies claiming Israel is set to take over the Temple Mount, a site holy to both Muslims and Jews.
Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas called for blocking Israelis from “desecrating” the site “with their filthy feet.” He praised Muslims for harassing Jews there.
“Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it’s for the sake of Allah,” said Abbas. “Every martyr will be in heaven.”
Videos of Israeli forces fighting and sometimes killing the attackers have added gasoline to the fire.
Israel, of course, has no intention of “taking over” the Temple Mount. And if Washington wants to help quell the violence, it has an obvious response: Tell Abbas & Co. to cut it out — or face consequences. Including, perhaps, a cutoff in US funding.
Alas, what did Kerry do? First he warned Israel to maintain the site’s status quo, lending credence to the lies.