Ramallah, MINA – The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has labelled the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a âson of a dogâ during a scathing attack on Donald Trumpâs policies, The Guardian reported.
âThe US ambassador in Tel Aviv is a settler and a son of a dog,â Abbas said in comments to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah on Monday.
Relations between Abbasâs government and President Trumpâs US administration have broken down since the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israelâs capital in December.
The Palestinians see the disputed city as the capital of their future state.
Friedman, who was Trumpâs personal lawyer before being appointed last year, is a longstanding supporter of settlement building in the occupied West Bank, considered illegal under international law.
In response to Abbas, Friedman, who is Jewish, told a conference that Abbasâs comments could have antisemitic connotations.
âHis response was to refer to me as âson of a dogâ. Is that antisemitism or political discourse? I leave that up to you,â he said, according to a US embassy spokeswoman.
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Trumpâs decision to move the embassy had caused Abbas to âlose itâ.
âFor the first time in decades, the US administration has stopped spoiling the Palestinian leaders and tells them: enough is enough,â Netanyahu said on Twitter. âApparently the shock of the truth has caused them to lose it.â
Abbasâs comments appeared to be in response to a tweet by Friedman earlier on Monday.
In it he referred to an attack in the West Bank as âin the northâ, raising questions over whether he views it as part of Israeli territory, and accused Abbasâs Palestinian Authority (PA) of failing to condemn it.(T/RE1/RS5)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)