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November 18th, 2014
07:17 PM ET

Former Israeli Ambassador: Palestinian leadership praises act of terror

(CNN) - President Obama swiftly condemned the terror attacks at a synagogue that left four rabbis and a policeman dead in Jerusalem this morning, but implored both sides to back away from the very violent ledge where they're teetering.

"Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died. And at this difficult time, I think it's important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence," Obama said in a brief statement.

Predictably, that does not seem to be happening.

Israeli forces moved in on the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank after the attack, launching tear gas canisters and stun grenades while Palestinians threw rocks and fire crackers. The official Palestinian news agency also says Israeli settlers are assaulting Palestinian workers.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren joined "The Lead" to discuss the horrific attack and increasing tensions, alleging that Palestinian leadership has praised recent acts of terrors.

"The Palestinian Authorities' web page today praised the martyrs who carried out this heinous attack this morning. They've praised Palestinians who have driven their cars into groups of Israeli civilians. Even a Palestinian who drove his car and killed a 3-month-old baby was praised by Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas," Oren noted. "If the Palestinian leaders, and particularly the Palestinian leaders who are at least in theory committed to peace, are praising terrorists, then you really can't expect much else from the people on the streets and today it's true they were handing out candies celebrating the death of these four rabbis."

For more of our interview with Oren, watch the video above.

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