Palestinian President Calls US Ambassador "Son Of A Dog"

Palestinian President Calls US Ambassador

Addressing a Palestinian leadership meeting, Abbas mentioned US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said Trump "views the settlements as legitimate", adding that "more than one official has said that".

The Palestinian leader accused Ambassador David Friedman of defending Israeli settlers in the West Bank by saying that they were building on "their land".

American envoy to Israel-PA negotiations Jason Greenblatt called Abbas's statements "highly inappropriate insults" and said that while the White House is "committed to the Palestinian people", President Abbas must "choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them to peace and prosperity". "We will not", he said.

In response to Abbas, Friedman, who is Jewish, told a conference that Abbas's comments could have anti-Semitic connotations.

The slur drew rebukes from the diplomat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.In an angry tone, Abbas said: "The son of dog says they build on their land?" Is that anti-Semitism or political discourse?

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A spokesman for the French Embassy in Tel Aviv said: "We take this case very seriously and are in close contact with the Israeli authorities. We are finalizing our plan for peace and we will advance it when circumstances are right".

Abbas, however, said he was furious over the bomb that targeted the convoy carrying his prime minister and security chief last week, which did not seriously injure anyone.

"As president of the Palestinian people I've chose to take all national, legal and financial measures", said Abbas, without elaborating.

Abbas had previously said Hamas was responsible as it controls security in the Palestinian enclave, but Monday evening said it was "behind the attack".

Abbas has already withheld electricity payments to the coastal enclave in an attempt to mount pressure on Hamas to cede power, causing blackouts for Gaza residents. "After 10 years, they realized that the Gaza humanitarian situation is tough", Abbas said derisively.

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