Mahmoud Abbas, speaking to Palestinian students in Venezuela, said that the newest wave of stabbing attacks comes because Palestinian kids "have no hope."
During a meeting with 80 students Abbas said that every day there are martyrs and children carrying knives -but that kids carrying knives do it on their own. They aren't incited, Abbas, said, but they have lost hope and they try to stab Jews as a result.
An example of "no hope" came yesterday, as a woman who tried to run over Israelis was found out to havepushed for the attack to atone for her premarital relationship with her boyfriend, the driver, who was killed.
Abbas' claim that there is no incitement is too bizarre to even take seriously. He is the person who said one year ago that Palestinians should resist Jews visiting the Temple Mount by doing everything in their power and "We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah," as he encouraged the stabbings in the name of Jerusalem.
Abbas is the one who warmly hugs killers released from prison and who names schools and sporting events after mass murderers.
The kids pick up knives because they have "no hope"? No, they have lots of hope - hope of becoming heroes that Mahmoud Abbas and others can lionize.