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Abbas Accuses Israel of “Executing” Teen Terrorist Currently Recovering in Israeli Hospital

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “executing” a teenage Palestinian terrorist who attacked two people on Monday and is currently convalescing in a Jerusalem hospital, The Times of Israel reported. Ahmed Mansara is recovering from injuries he received from being hit by a car as he attempted to flee from authorities.

The PA president made the accusation during a speech broadcast live on Palestinian television, his first major address since the start of a wave of terror attacks against Israelis and spiraling violence between the sides.

Referring to an attack two days ago, in which Hassan Manasra, 15, and his cousin Ahmed Manasra, 13, stabbed a 13-year-old boy and 25-year-old man in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev, seriously wounding both, Abbas said Israel killed the two attackers in “cold blood.” …

Following the speech, in which Abbas also accused Israel of “attacking holy places,” the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused him of spreading “lies and incitement.”

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Abbas’ charge. “The boy he is referring to is alive and hospitalized in Hadassah after stabbing an Israeli child who was riding his bicycle,” a statement read. “As Israel maintains the status quo at the Temple Mount, Abbas in his words of incitement is making cynical use of religion and thus bringing about more acts of terror.” Israeli police released video footage showing the two teens chasing after a man while holding knives, before the older cousin was shot after charging at police.

At a press conference last week, Netanyahu blamed the rise in violence on the “wild and mendacious incitement by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon asked Abbas last month to stop using “inflammatory rhetoric.”

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