Netanyahu: Even after nuclear deal, Iran still funds terrorism
Prime minister slams Tehran's announcement that it would provide financial aid to families of killed terrorists; he also notes knife-wielding terrorists do not exist in a vacuum, and called on the world to stand with Israel against Palestinian incitement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday slammed Iran's announcement that it will pay thousands of dollars to families of Palestinian terrorists who were killed while committing attacks, or whose homes were demolished.
"This shows that Iran, even after the nuclear agreement, is continuing to aid terrorism, including Palestinian terrorism, Hezbollah terrorism and its assistance to Hamas. This is something that the nations of the world must confront and condemn and assist Israel – and other countries, of course – in repelling," Netanyahu said at the start of his meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Netanyahu also noted on Thursday that "terrorism by those wielding knives, the Palestinian children, also does not exist in a vacuum. It comes from the Palestinian education system, which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority."
Wednesday's terror attack, during which IDF soldier Eliav Gelman was killed by a stray bullet meant for the attacker, was "not (committed) by the students of terrorism, but by those who teach terrorism, a Palestinian teacher," the prime minister said, calling on the international community to stand with Israel against Palestinian incitement.
Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fateh Ali, said at a press conference on Wednesday that $7,000 will be paid to "every family of a martyr of the intifada in Jerusalem," while Tehran will also offer $30,000 to every family whose home was demolished after a relative committed a terror attack.
“Iran will not abandon the Palestinian people, who are faced with killing, theft, and expulsion,” said the ambassador. “The blood of the martyrs will bring the liberation of all Palestine from the sea to the river.”