Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attacked Israel in his presentation to the United Nations General Assembly. Abbas spoke of the “catastrophic danger of the racist Israeli settlement of our country, Palestine” and said that “Israel is promising the Palestinian people a new catastrophe, a new Nakba.” He also accused the Israeli government of pursuing a “policy of war, occupation and settlement colonization.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu responded by publicly telling Abbas: “We won’t solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the UN or unilateral declarations of statehood. We have to sit together, negotiate.” The Prime Minister said that a deal was contingent on the Palestinian state being demilitarized and upon the Palestinians recognizing Israel as the Jewish state.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman responded to Abbas by calling the use of the words “ethnic cleansing” and “nakba” to describe the West Bank was “incitement.
The head of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, Dani Dayan said that the Abbas speech was “the cry of the Cossack who was robbed. It was filled with hatred against Israel and its people. When this is the man who stands in front of us — a liar, a hater and an inciter — the last thing that is needed is to reward him with a state.”
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