Attacks in Israel 'have nothing to do with occupation'

Former Israeli finance minister and current chairman of the opposition centrist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, talks to FRANCE 24 about the recent spate of attacks in Israel and the spectre of a third Palestinian intifada.


“Even the Palestinians are not saying that this current wave of violent events has anything to do with the occupation or the lack of peace process. [These are] religious Islamic fanatics who are killing people because they think someone has changed the status quo in the Temple Mount, which is not true,” Lapid told FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman.

“[It is the result of] a process of self-radicalisation of young Muslims who are watching horrible, terrible videos on the social networks … and being inflamed by imams in mosques who are telling them, ‘The Jews are trying to do something horrible to our holy places.’”

“The result is people are stabbing other people in the street.”

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24’s full interview with Lapid.


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