Trump reportedly yelled at Abbas during meeting in Bethlehem, confronting Palestinian president on incitement against Israel
Reports were released giving more details of Trump’s meeting with Abbas in Israel last week.
According to several media outlets in Israel, President Trump, who met with Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, reportedly yelled at Abbas stating that during their meeting in Washington, Abbas tricked him in stating that he support peace, yet the Palestinian Authority continues to pay stipends to families of terrorists.
Trump reportedly stated “You lied to me in Washington when you talked about commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me you were personally responsible for incitement.”
The president was referring to their meeting in Washington at the beginning of May, where Abbas claimed he was committed to ending violence and incitement against Israelis. Trump was also referring to the Palestinian Authority’s payment to families of terrorists.
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister condemned Abbas’s lies to Trump in Washington at the time, stating after their meeting “Abu Mazen [Abbas] arrives in Washington while continuing to give money to the families of terrorists. It is clear to any intelligent person that Abu Mazen is not interested in peace. Palestinian textbooks and payments for terrorists show that,” referring to incitement, anti-Semitism in Palestinian textbooks.
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Abbas’ lies after Trump’s meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem last week. The prime minister stated in his last address next to Trump before the president left “Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. Well, I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed. I hope that President Abbas heeds the principles, the clear, strong, moral and practical principles that you enunciated today, President Trump: Stop rewarding terrorists, stop glorifying murderers. I believe that this is the first and the crucial step towards the road towards a genuine peace that Israel seeks and that I believe that – together with you – we can achieve.”
President Trump also addressed his meeting with Abbas during his final address in Israel last week, stating “I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. I know you’ve heard it before, I am telling you, that’s what I do, that they are ready to reach for peace. And by meeting with my very good friend, Benjamin, [I can say that] that he is reaching for peace, he loves peace, he loves people, he especially loves the Israeli people. Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace. Making peace will not be easy. But with determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal.”