In a fierce speech on Monday, the Palestinian leader reiterated his condemnation of the Trump administration’s recent moves regarding Jerusalem and slammed David Friedman, the US Ambassador to Israel, for legitimizing West Bank settlements.

Friedman, Abbas

Friedman, Abbas Photo credit: Wikipedia/Kremlin

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Monday fiercely attacked the Trump administration’s Middle East policy.

During a speech in Ramallah, Abbas slammed David Friedman, the US Ambassador to Israel, for legitimizing Israeli settlements in the West Bank. “He said, ‘The Israelis are building on their own land,'” Abbas said, quoting Friedman. “Son of a dog! They’re building on their own land? He’s a settler himself and so is his whole family!”

Abbas also denounced US President Donald Trump’s recent moves to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the American embassy, both of which, he said, prove that the Trump administration views settlements as legitimate. “This has been expressed by more than one American senior official, most notably the ambassador in Tel Aviv,” Abbas said.

He went on to blame Hamas for last week’s bombing attack in Gaza that targeted Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and his General Intelligence Chief Maged Farag.

“We are grateful that Hamdallah and Farag are healthy following the shameful and despicable attack on them carried out by Hamas in Gaza,” Abbas said, adding that the Palestinians would have faced “a bloody civil war” had the assassination attempt succeeded.