Lapid pans PA chief for ‘moral disgrace,’ says ‘history will not forgive him’; Liberman: He’s a ‘terrorist,’ worse than Hamas; German opposition head: Scholz should have booted him.
Prime Minister Yair Lapid and others in Israel, Germany and the US expressed shock and outrage Tuesday night, after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of committing “holocausts” against Palestinians over the years during a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.
Abbas’s accusation, made during a press conference alongside Scholz, also drew calls for a harsher response from Germany and its leader, who has been criticized for remaining silent rather than pushing back at the time and only later expressing displeasure with the remark.
“Mahmoud Abbas accusing Israel of having committed ’50 Holocausts’ while standing on German soil is not only a moral disgrace, but a monstrous lie,” Lapid tweeted in English. “History will not forgive him.”
Lapid’s predecessor Naftali Bennett tweeted that during his year-long tenure that ended in June, he didn’t agree to meet Abbas “or to advance any sort of diplomatic negotiations, even when facing pressure from within and outside Israel.”
“A ‘partner’ who denies the Holocaust, pursues our soldiers in The Hague and pays stipends to terrorists is not a partner,” Bennett added, referring to repeated Palestinian complaints to the International Criminal Court and to monthly salaries paid by the PA to terror convicts and families of dead assailants.
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