In a fit of rage that has become his trademark, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who has supported President Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.
As usual, Abbas was frothing at the mouth as he cursed Israel and the West. All hate and anger, Abbas said, in reference to US Ambassador Friedman:
The son of dog says they build on their land? He is a settler, and his family are settlers, and he is the US ambassador in Tel Aviv. What should we expect from him?
Ambassador Friedman remained cool-headed in his reaction: Abbas’ “response was to refer to me as a son of a dog. Anti-Semitism or political discourse? Not for me to judge. I leave that all up to you,” Friedman said.
It’s a little better than some of the most recent insults Abbas has hurled at Israel, the West and President Trump. At least he didn’t incite riots — this time.
If the Left truly believes that words are violence, they sure are quiet about Abbas. And, maybe the outburst appears insignificant, or trivial, but it stands as one more lash, one more stone’s hurl, in a volatile history, a history so hardened by blood that we lose track of slight and insults. And consider Dennis Prager’s summary of what Israel faces:
If tomorrow Israel laid down its arms and announced, “We will fight no more,” what would happen? And if the Arab countries around Israel laid down their arms and announced, “We will fight no more,” what would happen? In the first case, there would be an immediate destruction of the state of Israel and mass murder of its Jewish population. In the second case, there would be peace the next day.
Which seems more likely to you?
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