Speaking in Ramallah on Monday, Mahmoud Abbas delved into an open anti-Semitic rant, including calling the US Ambassador to Israel a ‘son of a dog,’ then also blasts his Islamist rival, Hamas, as responsible for last week’s assassination attempt that targeted his Prime Minister.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas branded Donald Trump’s envoy to Israel David Friedman a “son of a dog” on Monday in a fiery speech that also blamed Hamas for trying to kill the Palestinian prime minister.
Abbas said Friedman, who has frequently been critical of the PA, was a “settler” and a “son of a dog,” a turn of phrase that was bleeped out during his televised address.
He also said Islamist rival Hamas was responsible for the assassination attempt targeting Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the Gaza Strip earlier this month, and vowed to impose new sanctions on the already impoverished enclave.
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On March 13 Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah escaped unharmed after an explosive device detonated some 200 meters from his convoy as it sped into Gaza.
Abbas initially stopped short of saying Hamas was behind the blast, but held them responsible no matter who was found to have carried it out.
At a Fatah faction event in Ramallah, the aging leader said he would take “national, legal and financial measures” against “Gaza” in response, without elaborating.
Hamas and the PA renewed on-off reconciliation attempts last year, but they have largely fizzled out amid renewed infighting between the two factions.
Abbas added that if the blast had succeeded in killing Hamdallah, it would have led to civil war.
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