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Israeli PM criticizes Palestinian Authority for not condemning recent attacks on Israelis


JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister criticized the Western-backed Palestinian leadership in the West Bank on Tuesday for not condemning a recent spate of attacks on Israelis.

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke a day after a Palestinian woman stabbed a female Israeli paramilitary police officer in the neck, seriously wounding her. Later Monday evening, three Israelis were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank. One of the three succumbed to his wounds Tuesday, Shoham Rubio, a spokeswoman for Shaarei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem, said.

Last week, there was a similar stabbing attack in Jerusalem and a shooting attack at a West Bank settlement, which killed an Israeli man.

"The fact that up until now, the Palestinian Authority has not condemned these attacks needs to bother not only us, but also the international community as a whole. Those who do not take an unequivocal stand against terrorism cannot wash their hands," Netanyahu said.

Israel has long contended that official Palestinian media preach hatred toward Israel and incite violence. Palestinian officials declined to comment on Netanyahu's remarks.

Police said a Palestinian was shot and wounded on Tuesday after rushing toward a checkpoint near Jerusalem while screaming "Allahu Akbar," or "God is greatest," in Arabic. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said guards called on him to stop before firing warning shots and then shooting at his lower extremities.

The man was evacuated to Shaarei Tzedek for treatment. Samri said he was "apparently not" armed at the time of the incident, and that an investigation has been opened.

Israel has seen a wave of so-called Palestinian "lone wolf" attacks in the past year.

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