MK Slams Abbas Condemnation as 'Perfunctory'

PA Chairman's Holocaust-denying past, Hamas-embracing present belies his condemnation, MK says.

Tova Dvorin,

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) expressed doubts over the seriousness of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's condemnation of the Holocaust Monday, calling the statement "perfunctory" and for the sake of repairing the PA's image. 

Edelstein noted on Reshet Bet that Abbas has denied the Holocaust before - authoring his doctorate dissertation on the subject - and that, to show true remorse, much more is needed than merely a statement.

In addition, the MK said, the fact that Abbas hugged Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh [while announcing last week's Hamas-Fatah unity pact] - who, along with Hamas, has called for genocide against Jews and Israel - makes his words difficult to accept in practice. 

In a statement in English and Arabic released just hours before Israel began marking Holocaust remembrance day, Abbas expressed sympathy with families of the six million Jews who were killed by the Nazi regime.

"What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era," Abbas said. He also expressed his "sympathy with the families of the victims and many other innocent people who were killed by the Nazis."