Zionists attack Abbas as settler couple slain


Israel’s military deployed hundreds of troops in the West Bank on Friday, a day after a drive-by shooting by suspected gunmen killed a Jewish settler couple driving home with their children.
The attack took place late Thursday when gunmen opened fire at a vehicle traveling near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik. The shots killed Eitam and Naama Henkin, residents of the Jewish West Bank settlement of Neria. Their four young children, including a four-month old infant, were in the back seat of the car, but were unharmed.
On Friday, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon visited the site, pledging to catch the perpetrators and, like other Israeli politicians, blaming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for inciting such violence.
Thousands attended the parents’ funeral on Friday in Jerusalem, including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “We cannot stand silently when the hands of murderers steal a loving mother and father away from their children,” Rivilin said in a eulogy. “We are facing a brutal terrorist onslaught.”
It also followed a hard-line speech at the United Nations by Abbas, the last of several that Israeli leaders have condemned as incitement. Abbas has said that Israelis desecrate a Jerusalem holy site with their “dirty feet” and charged that Israel was committed to the “ethnic cleansing” of his people.
Speaking before the UN General Assembly, Abbas said Israel had repeatedly violated its commitments, most notably by expanding settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, on lands the Palestinians seek for a future state, and accused Israel of waging “a new war of genocide … against the Palestinian people.”
Gaza’s Hamas rulers welcomed Thursday’s attack but stopped short of claiming responsibility for it.


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