Netanyahu accuses Palestinian president of antisemitism

US ambassador to Israel slams Abbas for anti-Semitic speech

The German-Palestinian Society, or DPG, in a statement Tuesday said it "dissociates itself clearly and unequivocally" from the remarks by the Palestinian Authority president. On Wednesday, an aide to Abbas asserted that his remarks, which were televised, had been distorted by Israel.

In addition to the Maas, at the moment, condemning Abbas said about the Holocaust has already spoken to the US Ambassador in Israel, the foreign Ministry of the European Union, the memorial of the Catastrophe Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Museum of the United States.

"Apparently the Holocaust denier is still a Holocaust denier". Friedman suggested the remark was anti-Semitic.

Netanyahu urged the global community to condemn Abbas' "severe anti-Semitism".

The New York Times noted that Abbas's failed effort to mend the rift with political rival Hamas, the dwindling prospects for renewed peace talks with Israel, Arab nations' lack of interest in the conflict, a lack of support from his people, and a perception that US President Donald Trump's administration favors Israel have left the Palestinian leader in a desperate position.

"Even in this gloomy climate, however, Mr. Abbas's vile speech was a new low".

"Apparently the Holocaust denier is still a Holocaust denier", Netanyahu said, calling on the worldwide community to condemn Abbas's "severe anti-Semitism".

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"The Holocaust-denying Abu Mazen revealed in Arabic what he hides in English: that he is the head of those inciting against the existence of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel", said Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.

He also stressed that the Holocaust was the result of thousands of years of persecution and that it did not occur in a vacuum.

However, Abbas ended his speech on a different note, saying: "We don't have to drive them out".

In a conference call organized by The Israel Project, Dr. Edy Cohen, an expert on the Arab world and the writings of Abbas, said that he was "not surprised" by Abbas's comments, and observed that the Palestinian leader is fascinated by Nazi propaganda.

"To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again", Friedman wrote on Twitter.

Abbas's office later acknowledged that the reports on which his comments had been based had proved without foundation.

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) called on European leaders and officials to cease all contact with the Palestinian leader until he apologizes for "his outrageous antisemitism and Holocaust denial".

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