'Int'l community must confront Abbas and his anti-Semitism'

PM blasts PA chief over speech blaming Jews for Holocaust. 'Time for international community to condemn this, he needs to resign.'

David Rosenberg , | updated: 12:59

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu excoriated Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, following an address in which Abbas said the Holocaust was the result of Jewish behavior, not anti-Semitism.

“[Abbas] gave yet another anti-Semitic speech,” tweeted Netanyahu.

“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,” Netanyahu said Wednesday.

“Abu Mazen [Abbas] again recited the most contemptible anti-Semitic canards. Apparently the Holocaust-denier is still a Holocaust-denier.”

“I call on the international community to condemn Abu Mazen’s severe anti-Semitism,” the Prime Minister continued. “The time has come for it to pass from the world.”

On Monday, PA chairman Abbas addressed the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, telling attendees that the persecution and mass-murder of Jews, including pogroms and the Holocaust, were not the result of deep-seated anti-Semitism, but of “Jewish behavior”, including money-lending.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) condemned Abbas over the comments, calling the PA leader an “anti-Semite”.

“The anti-Semite is out of the bag,” Edelstein said.

Abbas is “a small and irrelevant man,” who “revealed in his last days as head of the Palestinian Authority what he really thinks of the State of Israel and the Jews.”

On Tuesday, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman slammed Abbas, asserting that he had reached “a new low.”

“[Abbas] 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,” tweeted Friedman.

Jason Greenblatt, the US Special Representative for International Negotiations, also criticized Abbas’ remarks.

“President Abbas’ remarks yesterday in Ramallah at the opening of the Palestinian National Congress must be unconditionally condemned by all. They are very unfortunate, very distressing & terribly disheartening. Peace cannot be built on this kind of foundation,” he tweeted.