The foreign minister was responding to remarks by Abbas on Friday, in which the Palestinian Authority leader said that Israeli “settlers” had no right to “desecrate” the Temple Mount and should be prevented from accessing the site deemed holy to both Judaism and Islam.
Abbas reiterated those statements Saturday, saying his people should guard a Jerusalem holy site against visiting Jews, whom he referred to as a “herd of cattle.”
Liberman castigated Abbas and the PLO, saying they stood behind the recent spate of violence in East Jerusalem. He said Abbas was calling for a holy war, and thus joins the ranks of radical Islamist groups such as the Islamic State and the Nusra Front. More