Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman have both criticized Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the UN Security Council, stressing Ramallah’s ties to terrorism.


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After Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN Security Council and called on the international community to recognize a Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Palestinian leader.

“Abbas said nothing new. He continues to run away from peace and continues to pay terrorists and their families $347 million [annually],” Netanyahu said on Tuesday evening.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also criticized Abbas. “Dr. Abbas and Mr. Abu Mazen [Abbas’ kunya], we all know who you are,” Liberman wrote in a tweet. “With one hand, you pay salaries to terrorists who carry out attacks in Israel and their families, and with the other, you ask for recognition from the UN.”

Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, blasted the Ramallah-based leadership in his response to Abbas’ speech. “The Palestinians need leadership that will invest in education, not glorify violence. They need leadership that will build hospitals, not pay terrorists. They need leadership that will negotiate with Israel, not run away from dialogue,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “Your incitement does not end with rhetoric. You’ve made it official Palestinian policy to sponsor terrorism. In 2017, you spent $345 million paying terrorists This is money you could have spent building 40 hospitals. This is money you could have used to build 172 schools.”

In his speech from New York, Abbas slammed the existence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. “Israel said it was willing to abide by UN treaties, but it isn’t fulfilling its obligations,” he said. “It seems to think it is above the law when it comes to settlements.” He also urged the international community to hold a Middle East peace conference by mid-2018.

Watch: Abbas addresses the UNSC