Palestinian president calls United States ambassador to Israel ´son of a dog´

Nellie Chapman
March 20, 2018

"Hamas is behind the attack on the convoy as a result of the reconciliation talks we had with them. if the assassination succeeded, it would have disastrous results and lead to the outbreak of a Palestinian civil war", Abbas said at a meeting of the executive committees of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and his Fatah Party's central committee.

At the conclusion of his speech, Abbas said that he has taken "national, legal and financial measures" in response to what he called the rejection of "Hamas and its illegitimate authorities". He did not provide further details.

He said the USA supports the separation between the West Bank and Gaza because it does not want a Palestinian state. Many of these cuts remain in place.

Palestinians walk on a dark street during a power outage in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, June 11, 2017.

Tensions between the USA and the Palestinian Authority have ramped up under the Trump administration.

U.S. officials have not said when it will be unveiled, but Mr Abbas has already ruled it out, accusing the Trump administration of being unfairly biased in favour of Israel.

In its statement, Hamas accused Abbas of sabotaging the ongoing Egyptian effort to achieve Palestinian unity. "We also call upon the regional and worldwide players, including the Arab League, .to stop this risky deterioration". "We never thought of punishing any Palestinian citizen, not in the West Bank or Gaza".

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Khader Habib, a senior Islamic Jihad official in the Gaza Strip, called for a Palestinian "intifada" against the "entire political system".

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday criticized USA ambassador to Israel David Friedman for his support of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, calling the envoy a "son of a dog".

Yasser Zaatreh, a Palestinian commentator staunchly opposed to Abbas, accused the PA president of behaving as if he were the enemy of the Palestinians.

"We don't want any information from them", Abbas said."We don't want anything from them".

Hamas and Fatah agreed a reconciliation agreement in October but it has collapsed.

On Tuesday morning, a roadside bomb exploded adjacent to Hamdallah and Faraj's motorcade in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, injuring seven members of their staffs and damaging several cars.

Mr Friedman responded to the remarks at a conference on anti-Semitism in Jerusalem.

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