This comment came even as President trump is expected to launch a peace plan between Isreali and Palestinians after Abbas boycotted his administration over his controversial recognition of Jerusalem as isreal’s capital.
“The US ambassador in Tel Aviv is a settler and a son of a dog,” Abbas said in comments to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah
Ties between Abbas’s government and Trump’s administration have broken down since the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. This is as the Palestinians see the disputed city as the capital of their future state and have refused to meet with Trump’s envoys since.
In response to Abbas Friedman, who was Trump’s personal lawyer before being appointed last year, is a longstanding supporter of settlement building in the occupied West Bank, considered illegal under international law.
He told a conference that Abbas’s comments could have anti-Semitic connotations.
“His response was to refer to me as son of a dog. Is that anti-Semitism or political discourse? I leave that up to you,” he said, according to a US embassy spokeswoman.
Abbas’s was commenting to response to a tweet by Friedman earlier on Monday.
In it he referred to an attack in the West Bank as “in the north”, raising questions over whether he views it as part of Israeli territory, and accused Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA) of failing to condemn it.
“Such brutality and no condemnation from the PA!” he tweeted, referring to a Friday car ramming that killed two soldiers and a Sunday stabbing in Jerusalem that left an Israeli dead, both carried out by Palestinians.