Israel accuses French consulate employee of smuggling guns to Palestinians

Israel accuses French consulate employee of smuggling guns to Palestinians

Last night, another record low was recorded in Abbas' attacks against American officials, which have intensified since the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Palestinian leader accused Ambassador David Friedman of defending Israeli settlers in the West Bank by saying that they were building on "their land".

Abbas also blamed Hamas for the March 13 bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, saying it was a "despicable and sinful act".

Trump's advisor on Israel, Jason Greenblatt, called on Abbas "to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them to peace and prosperity". "I'll leave that all up to you".

In response to Abbas, Friedman, who is Jewish, told a conference that Abbas's comments could have anti-Semitic connotations.

Shortly after the attack, Hamas said it was launching an investigation to uncover who was behind the blast and deflected the PA's comments blaming the the Gaza-based group for the incident.

Abbas said in response to Friedman's criticism of the PA on Monday, as cited by Reuters.

"His response was to refer to me as son of a dog". 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. Anti-Semitism or political discourse?

"Abu Mazen's assault on the USA ambassador, David Friedman, says everything", Netanyahu said on Twitter using Abbas' nickname.

"For the first time in decades, the U.S. administration has stopped pampering Palestinian leaders and tells them "that's enough". Apparently the shock of hearing the truth made them lose their senses".

A FRENCH consulate worker has been arrested on accusations of using an official auto to smuggle dozens of guns from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank, Israeli authorities said today.

Six of his guards were lightly hurt.

Speaking during Monday's meeting, Abbas said that if the "assassination attempt" had succeeded, the development would have opened the door for a bloody civil war.

Abbas has previously taken a series of measures, including reducing electricity payments for Gaza's two million residents, in what analysts said was an attempt to punish Hamas.

Fatah, the ruling party within the PA, and Hamas, the party that governs the occupied Gaza Strip, signed a reconciliation agreement in October 2017, ending a decade of division that saw two parallel governments operating in Gaza and the West Bank, respectively.

Fatah and Hamas have tried for years to come to an accommodation over running the Gaza Strip, but have repeatedly failed to implement deals mainly brokered by Egypt.

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