US President Barack Obama’s administration refused to hold the Palestinian Arabs accountable for the recent wave of lethal Arab terrorism plaguing Israel, with a spokesman insinuating that both sides are equally guilty of “incitement.”
In a press briefing on Tuesday in the wake of two lethal Jerusalem terror attacks that left three murdered, White House spokesperson Mark Toner was put in the spot by Associated Press reporter Matt Lee.
Lee asked whether the fact that the White House issued a statement, which called on both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to end the “incitement,” meant that Obama is accusing Netanyahu equally of inciting violence.
Toner tried to equivocate, saying that while the White House condemns the terror attacks: “we’ve seen also attacks on Palestinians…we need to reduce these kinds of incitements.”
Lee pressed Toner, noting that if that message is being given to both sides, that would seem to indicate the US administration sees both sides at fault.