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Palestinian Authority President Abbas Calls US Ambassador to Israel Friedman a ‘Son of a Dog’

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Reuters / Osman Orsal.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday criticized US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman for his support of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, calling the envoy a “son of a dog.”

Friedman is a strong backer of the settler movement, and was an early and enthusiastic advocate of US President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital and move the American embassy there.

In an address at a conference in Jerusalem on combating global antisemitism later on Monday, Friedman responded to Abbas’ slur, saying, “Antisemitism or political discourse? Not for me to judge, I leave that all up to you.”

Abbas’ remarks came during a speech in Ramallah to Palestinian officials in which he also blamed Hamas for the March 13 bomb attack on the convoy of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the Gaza Strip, saying it was a “despicable and sinful act.”

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Hamdallah and PA security chief Majid Faraj were uninjured when a roadside bomb exploded as they entered Gaza on their way to a ceremony in the enclave that is ruled by Hamas, a rival of Abbas’s Fatah Party. Six security guards were said to be wounded.

“We congratulate the two big brothers (Hamdallah and Faraj) that they are safe after the sinful and despicable attack that was carried out against them by the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip,” Abbas said.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the bomb attack.

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