Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has lashed out against US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, calling him a "son of a dog" for his support of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank. "He himself is a settler, and his entire family are settlers". You son of a dog, building on their own land?!
Friedman was echoed by Jason Greenblatt, the US President's special representative for worldwide negotiations, who urged Abbas "to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them to peace and prosperity". The slur drew rebukes from the diplomat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"President Abbas's comments were outrageous and unhelpful", she said. "I leave that all up to you".
American envoy to Israel-PA negotiations Jason Greenblatt called Abbas's statements "highly inappropriate insults" and said that while the White House is "committed to the Palestinian people", President Abbas must "choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them to peace and prosperity".
Abbas previously said the Islamist group was responsible as it controls security in the Palestinian enclave, but yesterday evening, said it was "behind the attack". "For the first time in decades, the U.S. administration has stopped spoiling the Palestinian leaders and tells them 'enough is enough.' Apparently the shock of the truth has caused them to lose it". "Apparently the shock of the truth has caused them to lose their mind", he said.
A senior official in the Israeli political establishment assessed on Tuesday that the United States will suspend for a significant time the publication of President Trump's peace plan.
Hamdallah's convoy, which included the Palestinian Authority's intelligence chief Majed Faraj, was attacked just after the delegation crossed through the Israeli-controlled Erez checkpoint, known to Palestinians as Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.
Abbas has previously taken a series of measures, including reducing electricity payments for Gaza's two million residents, in what analysts said was an attempt to punish Hamas.
Fatah and Hamas have tried for years to come to an accommodation over running the Gaza Strip, but have repeatedly failed to implement deals mainly brokered by Egypt.