Netanyahu: Afula Terror Attack Result of Palestinian Incitement

PM says incitement in schools, press and mosques controlled by the Palestinian Authority led to fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Israeli soldier.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the terrorist attack in Afula, in which a 19-year-old Israeli soldier was stabbed to death, is a result of "continuous incitement" by the Palestinian Authority.

Speaking in the Knesset, Netanyahu added: "Of course we captured [the assailant.] But… there is continuous incitement around him in the Palestinian Authority. He's 16 – the incitement is in the schools, in the official press controlled by the authorities and in the mosques. "If we hope to achieve a true settlement," Netanyahu said, "the incitement must stop."

The Wednesday attack occurred on a bus in the northern Israeli city of Afula that was en route from Nazareth to Tel Aviv.

Medical sources said Pvt. Eden Atias of Upper Nazareth was critically wounded when he was stabbed several times by a fellow passenger, a Palestinian youth from Jenin, who was in Israel illegally. The soldier, who was on his way to his army base when the attack occurred, was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

His funeral will be held in Upper Nazareth on Wednesday at 11:00 P.M.