After US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman slammed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ anti-Semitic rant, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to condemn the Palestinian leader’s speech.

Abbas (center)

Abbas (center) Photo Credit: Flash 90

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday following the Palestinian leader’s anti-Semitic rant from earlier this week. “Apparently, the Holocaust-denier is still a Holocaust-denier,” he said in a statement.

“Abu Mazen gave another anti-Semitic speech. With utmost ignorance and brazen gall, he claimed that European Jews were persecuted and murdered not because they were Jews but because they gave loans with interest. Abu Mazen again recited the most contemptible anti-Semitic canards,” he added. “I call on the international community to condemn Abu Mazen’s severe anti-Semitism; the time has come for it to pass from the world.”

Netanyahu’s statement was released after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman strongly criticized Abbas and his “history lesson” on Twitter. “Abu Mazen has reached a new low in attributing the cause of massacres of Jewish people over the years to their ‘social behavior relating to interest and banks.’ To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don’t have peace, think again,” he wrote.

During the speech, Abbas cited the “Jewish money-loaning businesses and banks” as the cause of the Holocaust. He also said it was a historical “fact” that no Jews were attacked in the Arab nations in the last 1,400 years.

In addition, Abbas talked about an offer that was allegedly presented by Adolf Hitler to the European Jews, which promised to give an amount of money and properties to any Jew who immigrates to Palestine. These statements are all false and inconsistent with history.

However, Abbas ended his speech on a different note, saying: “We don’t have to drive them out. This isn’t what we are saying. We want to coexist with them on the basis of a two-state solution.”

This is not the first time Abbas has made anti-Semitic statements. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the connections between the Zionist leadership in the land of Israel and the Nazi regime during the 1930s.