“The vehicle attack in Jerusalem is a direct result of Abu Mazen's incitement," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a memorial ceremony for former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, on the 19th anniversary of Rabin's assassination.
"We are in the midst of a struggle for Jerusalem and I have no doubt that we will triumph," the prime minister added.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon also held Abbas responsible in his response to the attack. "Abu Mazen's rhetorical incitement, in which he disseminates lies and hatred against Israel, while praising Palestinian terrorists who harm Jews, are responsible for the bloodshed in Jerusalem."
Ya'alon attacked Abbas, saying that he "hasn't changed and will not change… In different parts of the world, he has the image of a moderate, but he does not promote a culture of peace and is not truly interested in living alongside the Jewish state."
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, said that Abbas was "the driver of the death car and the terrorists his emissaries." Bennett added that "Israel needs to say clearly that the Fatah-Hamas government is a terror organization and we need to act accordingly".
Bennett further stated that President Abbas is a “terrorist in a suit”.
Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz called President Abbas “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In messages to Israel and the entire world he is a diplomat aiming for peace, and in his messages to the Palestinian education system and media he incites to hatred and terror.” Steinitz added that “The terrible attack in Jerusalem is a result of this two bare-facedness. We must respond aggressively and just as we did with Arafat, to expose the dark side of Abu Mazen to the entire world”.
Speaking to the Israeli media at the scene of the attack, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said it was the result of “incitement...by the Palestinian Authority and others” whose aim is “to create havoc in Jerusalem”.
"On the other hand, we're very tough and we'll move on with our lives and make sure terrorists understand: they will not prevail. We will continue our path living in the city of Jerusalem, developing the city of Jerusalem."
Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) advocated increased collective punishment of Palestinians, saying that “the punishment of terrorists and their families must be increased. Only strong deterrence will prevent the next attack”.