Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas cursed U.S. Ambassador David Friedman on Monday night, calling him a “son of a b— settler.”
The unprecedented curse came during a speech by Abbas to Palestinian Authority leaders, at his Ramallah headquarters, Israeli media reported.
His comments followed a tweet by the Ambassador in which Friedman pointed out the total lack of any condemnation by Palestinian Authority leadership following a weekend in which three Israelis were murdered.
Tragedy in Israel. 2 young soldiers, Netanel Kahalani and Ziv Daos, murdered in the North, and father of 4, Adiel Kolman, murdered in Jerusalem, by Palestinian terrorists. Such brutality and no condemnation from the PA! I pray for the families and the wounded – so much sadness.
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) March 19, 2018
“The United States legitimizes settlements,” Abbas told the meeting. “That’s what American officials do, and at their head, in Tel Aviv, is David Friedman. He said, ‘They’re building on their own land.’ The son of a b—, they’re building on their own land? He himself is a settler, and his entire family are settlers.”
Abbas also said he planned to impose sanctions against Gaza in response to last Tuesday’s attempted assassination of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj.
“I have decided to take nationalistic, legal, and economic steps against Gaza, in order to protect our national project,” he said, without going into specific details.
Abbas attributed responsibility for the attack to Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, although he stopped short of directly blaming Hamas for the attack.