Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called on the U.S. and other countries to pressure Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to "stop spreading lies" that Israel is the one inciting violence in the region that has led to dozens of deaths.
Netanyahu spoke alongside Secretary of State John Kerry just before they were set to hold a meeting in Berlin, and said the meeting was taking place as Palestinian-inspired attacks continued.
"Yesterday was a tough day," Netanyahu said. "We had four terrorist attacks."
"This morning began — we had an attack in which two terrorists tried to murder a bus full of school children," he added. "There is no question that this wave of attacks is driven directly by incitement — incitement from Hamas; incitement from the Islamist movement in Islam; and incitement, I am sorry to say, from President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority."
"I think it's time for the international community to say clearly to President Abbas: Stop spreading lies about Israel, lies that Israel wants to change the status quo on the Temple Mount, lies that Israel wants to tear down the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and lies that Israel is executing Palestinians," Netanyahu said. "All of that is false."