Israel’s defense minister Avigdor Liberman says Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has “lost his senses” following his fiery speech against President Donald Trump.
Liberman said on Monday that Abbas has given up on the prospect of negotiations and is opting instead for a confrontation with both Israel and the United States.
Abbas sharply escalated his rhetoric in a speech on Sunday, lashing out at Trump over recent policy moves, such as recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abbas also slammed Trump’s recent Twitter comment threatening to cut American aid.
Abbas said to Trump: “Yehreb Beitak,” which literally translates as “may your house be destroyed.”
Abbas made it crystal clear that Donald Trump’s administration would have no part in brokering or sponsoring future negotiations with Israel. That role would be handed over to the United Nations or a committee of several countries. As far as the Palestinians are concerned, the ultimate deal died before it was born.
Europeans, Abbas claimed, “wanted to bring the Jews here [to the Land of Israel] from Europe in order to protect European interests in the region. They asked The Netherlands, which then had the largest navy in the world, to relocate the Jews.”
Abbas then quoted an Egyptian writer who claimed that “Israel is a colonial project with no connection whatsoever to the Jews.
Abbas didn’t burn all his bridges, however. He did threaten to terminate the Oslo Agreement, but cancelling the Oslo Agreement will essentially lead to the dissolvement of the Palestinian Authority. He has yet to reach this level of despair, and he likely never will.