With less than two weeks to go until the UN votes on whether to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member observer, Mansour claimed that the attack was a provocation designed to distract the international community.
Israeli leaders are “dead afraid” of a successful bid, he argued.
Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor replied that the Palestinians are aiming for recognition of a state which includes Gaza and so Hamas, the Islamic party that controls the territory, is undermining the bid.
Israel used a hastily convened meeting of the UN Security Council to warn that a Palestinian bid for statehood could lead to more violence on the ground.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has cut short a tour of Europe and will convene an urgent meeting of the Arab League on Saturday to discuss the crisis.