Palestinian president Abbas labels Friedman, US ambassador to Israel as a ‘son of a dog’

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman seen at a ceremony for new ambassadors at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on May 16, 2017. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Pool/Flash90)
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman seen at a ceremony for new ambassadors at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on May 16, 2017. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Pool/Flash90)

In comments to Palestinian leaders, Abbas also accused Hamas of a bomb attack last week targeting prime minister Rami Hamdallah

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has labelled the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a “son of a dog” during a scathing attack on Donald Trump’s policies.

“The US ambassador in Tel Aviv is a settler and a son of a dog,” Abbas said in comments to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah on Monday.

Relations between Abbas’s government and President Trump’s US administration have broken down since the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capitalin December.

The Palestinians see the disputed city as the capital of their future state.

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.

In response to Abbas, Friedman, who is Jewish, told a conference that Abbas’s comments could have antisemitic connotations.

“His response was to refer to me as ‘son of a dog’. Is that antisemitism or political discourse? I leave that up to you,” he said, according to a US embassy spokeswoman.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Trump’s decision to move the embassy had caused Abbas to “lose it”.

David Friedman“For the first time in decades, the US administration has stopped spoiling the Palestinian leaders and tells them: enough is enough,” Netanyahu said on Twitter. “Apparently the shock of the truth has caused them to lose it.”

Abbas’s comments appeared to be in 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.

Israel has militarily occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967.

Abbas’s government has limited autonomy in parts of the West Bank, while the Jewish state annexed East Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community.

All countries currently have their embassies in Tel Aviv and view the future status of Jerusalem as a matter to be negotiated between the parties.

But in December Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and in May Friedman will become the first US ambassador in the city as the embassy is moved.

Separately during the speech, Abbas accused the rival Palestinian faction Hamas of a bomb attack targeting his prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, last week and threatened fresh sanctions against the Islamist movement.

Abbas had previously said Hamas was responsible as it controls security in the Palestinian enclave, but on Monday evening said it was “behind the attack”.

Hamdallah was uninjured in last Tuesday’s attack, which saw a roadside bomb explode as his convoy entered Gaza in what Palestinian officials have called an assassination attempt.

In the speech to Palestinian leaders in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abbas said if the attack had succeeded it would have “opened the way for a bloody civil war”.

The Islamists and Abbas’s secular party Fatah have been at odds since 2007 when Hamas seized control of Gaza.

The two factions agreed a reconciliation agreement in October but it has collapsed.


  • Niemals

    Palestinian president Abbas labels Friedman as a ‘son of a dog’, and Hindler tell Abbas; “Poor Devil, die already!“….

  • Y K

    Just another senile tinpot dictator pathetically attempting to improve his standing with his subjects. In fact, he seems game to try anything at all to raise his flagging approval rates, as long as it doesn’t involve holding an actual election or having to negotiate with the hated Jooz. 🙂

  • vs

    The new anti-Semitism, targeting the State of Israel, “is
    just a cleverly repackaged form of hatred against the Jewish people,” US
    Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told the 6th Global Forum on
    Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem Sunday night

    • Niemals

      Its not Antisemitism when you are targeting the State of Israel, but it is Antisemitism when you are targeting the Jews.

      • vs

        Are You mental masturbating? Are You targeting Israel in something? Are You targeting also Germany? GB? USA? Russia? Venezuela? NK? Iran? Iraq? “Syria”? etc.? Israel is may be the Best State in the world comparatively even not perfect. Are You targeting Amidar? Rashut HaShidur? Rashut HaShidur no more exists. Are You familiar with Israel from Your TV? Don’t be corrupted even a bit

  • Niemals

    Abbas should label the settlers that did this as criminal sadists, not humans.
    The Israeli illegal settlement, Yitzhar, is known for its extremism and violence against Palestinians in the area.

  • Niemals

    EU condemns ‘unacceptable’ Abbas comments on Holocaust.
    Abu Mazen said that the Holocaust was not caused by anti-Semitism, but by the “social behavior” of the Jews, including money-lending., a typical point of view of muslims – like this Turkish döner seller, who lives in the middle of Germany, thinks well how Hitler acted. döner seller wants to kill Jews.

    He is also unable to separate Israel from Jews.

    These are exactly the same people who are victims after every terrorist attack, mass rape or murder and claim first that it has nothing to do with Islam.
    The situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is difficult anyway.
    Now they also play a role in the country’s election campaign.
    Some politicians are taking advantage of the anti-Syrian mood in the country.
    The consequences are uncertain.