‘The US has stopped coddling the PA and its driving Abbas crazy’
Prime Minister speaks out after PA chief calls US ambassador ‘a son of a dog’, says US no longer tolerating PA behavior. ‘PA is in shock’.
Speaking at a special government meeting in the southern Israeli town of Dimona, Prime Minister Netanyahu attributed the Palestinian Authority’s leader outburst to the increasing unwillingness of the United States to accept PA intransigence and tacit support for terrorism.
“The American government has stopped coddling the Palestinians,” said Netanyahu, “now the [American] government has started to demand what they should have been asking for all along.”
“The Palestinians are in shock; like a spoiled child that’s just been told ‘that’s enough’ – they’ve lost their marbles.”
On Monday, PA chief Mahmoud Abbas excoriated US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, calling him a “son of a dog”.
“The United States legitimizes settlements,” Abbas said during a meeting of senior PA leaders in Ramallah. “That’s what American officials do, and at their head, in Tel Aviv, is David Friedman. He said, ‘They’re building on their own land.’ The son of a dog, they’re building on their own land? He himself is a settler, and his entire family are settlers.”
The attack followed Friedman’s criticism of the PA over its failure to condemn a string of deadly terror attacks over the past few days that left three Israelis dead.
“Tragedy in Israel,” tweeted Friedman. “2 young soldiers, Netanel Kahalani and Ziv Daos, murdered in the North, and father of 4, Adiel Kolman, murdered in Jerusalem, by Palestinian terrorists.”
“Such brutality and no condemnation from the PA! I pray for the families and the wounded – so much sadness.”
Following Abbas’ verbal assault, Ambassador Friedman suggested the comments were anti-Semitic.
“Abu Mazen (Abbas) chose to respond. … His response was to refer to me as the ‘son of a dog.’ Anti-Semitism, or political discourse? Not for me to judge. I’ll leave that all up to you.”
The 82-year-old PA leader has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past, including criticism of his degree thesis and subsequent book based on the thesis which called the mass-murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust as a “fantastic lie” and a “myth”.