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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday called the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman a “son of a bitch,” and referred to him and his family as “settlers” during a meeting with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, further straining the rift between the Palestinian officials and the White House.

Abbas’ insults came hours after Friedman chided the Palestinian president over social media for his silence following an attack on two Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank on Friday. Cpt. Ziv Daos, 20, and Sgt. Netanel Kahalani, 21, were killed when Palestinian Ala Qabha, 20, rammed his car into a military site. In response to the deadly encounter, Friedman, who has made previous comments condemning the killings of Israelis, posted Monday morning:

The ambassador seemingly struck a nerve as Abbas told senior Palestinian officials, “David Friedman, a son of a bitch, is a settler and his family are settlers and he serves as the American ambassador in Tel Aviv,” reported the Palestinian outlet Arab48.

The controversy continued into the late afternoon when Friedman made a statement at a conference in Israel, suggesting Abbas’ comment was antisemitic.

“I saw his response on my iPhone. 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,” Friedman said. 

Before Friedman took over the post as ambassador to Israel he was a bankruptcy lawyer for President Donald Trump and was the president of the American Friends of Beit El Institutions, a fundraising group for an Israeli settlement of the same name.

Abbas also mocked the White House for hosting a forum on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza last Tuesday with 29 nations in attendance, but did not include Palestinian leaders.

“Now the Americans wake up to supporting Gaza after 11 years, we have full responsibility over this sector,” Abbas said.

The Ramallah meeting of Abbas’ leadership council was ordered to discuss an assassination attempt on the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the head of security Majd Faraj that took place in Gaza last week when the officials were due to met with Hamas leaders over stagnated reconciliation talks. The roadside bomb exploded on the prime minister’s convoy on Tuesday, no party claimed responsibility. Hamdallah and Faraj survived the blasts that injured six.

A damaged vehicle of the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is seen after an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip March 13, 2018. Hamdallah cut short a rare visit to Gaza on Tuesday after an explosion targeted his convoy, a source in the delegation said. The premier, who was not hurt, left Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing shortly after opening a wastewater treatment facility, the source said. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

After the motorcade was targeted Hamas closed the offices of two West Bank mobile phone firms operating in Gaza and detained employees for questioning reportedly over tracking the owners of SIM cards who were allegedly involved in plotting the bombing.

But Abbas is not waiting for the results of the inquiry. Today he blamed Hamas for the attack and said, “If the assassination had succeeded, it would have disastrous consequences for the Palestinian people and open the way for a bloody and civil war.”

Abbas announced coming sanctions on Gaza.

“As the president of the Palestinian people who bears the brunt of reconciliation with Hamas, I decided to take national, financial and legal measures,” he said.

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  1. eljay
    eljay
    March 20, 2018, 9:54 am

    … “I saw his response on my iPhone. 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,” Friedman said. …

    It’s definitely not anti-Semitism and it’s not as accurate as referring to Friedman as “the opening at the end of the alimentary canal”.

    And it’s not political discourse either, but neither is Friedman’s suggestion that the northern West Bank and (East) Jerusalem are in Israel.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      March 21, 2018, 10:28 am

      Friedman is another two-bit, low life, criminal, Zionist thug.

      By referring to him as a “son of a bitch” or “son of a dog,” Abbas was actually paying him a compliment.

      • genesto
        genesto
        March 21, 2018, 1:16 pm

        With appropriate apologies to my female dog, Sienna.

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      March 21, 2018, 7:08 pm

      An equine alimentary canal.

  2. Sulphurdunn
    Sulphurdunn
    March 20, 2018, 10:37 am

    How could a bankruptcy lawyer for Donald Trump be anything but a son of a bitch?

  3. amigo
    amigo
    March 20, 2018, 1:45 pm

    How does this stack up to be Antisemitic.

    If someone called a Catholic male a Sonofabitch , would that be Anticatholic.

    In any event , it would have been far better to call him a “thieving , illegal squatter and participant in Apartheid and oppression.

    • March 20, 2018, 11:56 pm

      ” If someone called a Catholic male a Sonofabitch , would that be Anticatholic.” ?

      No – but if the bitch was a Zionist Jew it would be antisemitic – so the story goes.

  4. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

    RE: “Tragedy in Israel. 2 young soldiers, Netanel Kahalani and Ziv Daos, murdered in the North [of the occupied West Bank – J.L.D.], and father of 4, Adiel Kolman, murdered in Jerusalem [i.e., occupied East Jerusalem ~ J.L.D.], by Palestinian terrorists [i.e. Palestinian militants] ~ J.L.D.]. Such brutality and no condemnation from the PA! I pray for the families and the wounded – so much sadness.” ~ Friedman

    MY COMMENT : I agree with Friedman. The PA should have vigorously condemned the government of Israel for sacrificing these soldiers in order to continue the occupation in violation of international law. We should all pray for the families and the wounded – so much sadness as a consequence of the senseless, illegal occupation!

    TONY KLUG IN 1977:

    While Israel continues to rule over the West Bank, there are bound to be ever more frequent and more intensive acts of resistance by a population that is feeling encroached upon by a spreading pattern of Jewish colonization and whose yearning for independence is no less than was that of the Palestinian Jews in the early months of 1948. As long as Israel continues to govern that territory, she will have little choice but to retaliate in an increasingly offensive fashion just to keep order. The moral appeal of Israel’s case will consequently suffer and this will further erode her level of international support, although probably not among organized opinion within the Jewish Diaspora. This sharpening polarization is bound to contribute to an upsurge in overt antisemitism. ~ from Tony Klug’s pamphlet published in January 1977

    Source: “Israel’s neverending occupation is bringing ‘infamy’ to Jews worldwide, making Jewish life ‘precarious’ — Tony Klug” ~ http://www.war-times.org/es/israel%E2%80%99s-neverending-occupation-bringing-%E2%80%98infamy%E2%80%99-jews-worldwide-making-jewish-life-%E2%80%98precarious%E2%80%99-%E2%80%94

    STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S NETANYAHU’S ORIFICE:
    Netanyahu: “We Will Forever Live By The Sword”, Indefinitely Control All Palestinian Territory | By IMEMC News | October 27, 2015

    [EXCERPT] Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his plan to control “all of the territory” and “live forever by the sword.”

    The remarks were reported in Haa’retz newspaper, according to PNN, in an article by journalist Barak Ravid.

    Mr Ravid wrote: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that although he doesn’t want a binational state, “at this time we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.”

    MKs who took part in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting – today (Monday) – reportedly told Mr Ravid that Netanyahu had turned to the politicians present and said: “You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree. I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword – yes.” . . .

    SOURCE – http://www.mintpressnews.com/netanyahu-we-will-forever-live-by-the-sword-indefinitely-control-all-palestinian-territory/210700/

    “Netanyahu: I Don’t Want a Binational State, but We Need to Control All of the Territory for the Foreseeable Future” | By Barak Ravid | Haaretz.com | Oct 26, 2015
    • ‘I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword – yes,’ says prime minister.
    LINK – https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium–1.5413500

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      March 20, 2018, 5:41 pm

      P.S. FRIEDMAN’S KIND OF GUY:
      MK partially blames High Court for next murder of IDF soldiers
      • Bayit Yehudi’s Moti Yogev attacks judicial bodies after he demands that they sanction demolition of home of terrorist who killed 2 soldiers in car-ramming attack; ‘The HCJ reduces IDF’s deterrence powers and it needs to know its place.’
      By Shahar Hay | Published: 03.18.18 , 19:08

      [EXCERPTS] A Bayit Yehudi MK accused the High Court of Justice (HCJ) Sunday of being responsible for reducing the IDF’s deterrence capabilities by prohibiting the demolition of terrorists’ houses, adding that its actions will make it partially culpable for the next terror attack on soldiers.

      “The High Court of Justice is party to reducing the deterrence powers of IDF soldiers and the State of Israel in the next murder—not us—because it doesn’t allow home demolitions,” MK Moti Yogev said.

      The controversial comments were made during a radio interview and came against a background of his request to demolish the homes of terrorists, especially that belonging to Alaa Kabha who on Friday rammed into a patrol of IDF soldiers with his car on route 585 between the settlements of Mevo Dotan and Hermesh, killing two of the soldiers—an officer and a conscript—and moderately-to-seriously wounding two others.

      “We can’t rely on the excuses that the HCJ doesn’t allow (home demolition). We need to put the court to the side for 72 hours and not to consider its castrating opinion,” Yogev said. . .

      . . . MK Revital Swid, from the Zionist Union, described Yogev as an “irresponsible populist” who doesn’t hesitate “for a second to incite without thinking that our soldiers are being given the false message that the HCJ is abandoning their lives.”

      She also went on to condemn Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett for failing to speak up on the matter.

      “Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett’s silence, and that of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked—who stands at the helm of the judicial system—who didn’t condemn the remarks, is terrible. They cannot ignore them in silence.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5177865,00.html

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      March 20, 2018, 6:41 pm

      MORE LIKE IT: I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword Apache® attack helicopter armed with Hellfire® missiles – yes, says prime minister.

      Wikileaks – Apache® fires Hellfire® missiles into building full of innocent people

      DISCLAIMER: The Apache® name adopted by Boeing for their attack helicopter is in no way meant to connote endorsement by the Apache Native American Tribe.

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        March 20, 2018, 6:56 pm

        AGM-114 Hellfire
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM-114_Hellfire

        [EXCERPT] The AGM-114 Hellfire [by Lockheed Martin] is an air-to-surface missile (ASM) first developed for anti-armor use, but later models were developed for precision strikes against other target types, and have been used in a number of targeted killings of high-profile individuals. It was originally developed under the name Heliborne, Laser, Fire and Forget Missile, which led to the colloquial name “Hellfire” ultimately becoming the missile’s formal name.[3] It has multi-mission, multi-target precision-strike ability, and can be launched from multiple air, sea, and ground platforms, including the Predator drone. The Hellfire missile is the primary 100-pound (45 kg) class air-to-ground precision weapon for the armed forces of the United States and many other nations. . .

        Unit cost US$117,000

        Lake of fire
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_fire

        [EXCERPT] A lake of fire appears, in both ancient Egyptian and Christian religion, as a place of after-death destruction of the wicked. The phrase is used in four verses of the Book of Revelation. Such a lake also appears in Plato’s Phaedo, explicitly identified with Tartarus, where the souls of the wicked are tormented until it is time for them to be reborn, and where some souls are left forever. The image was also used by the Early Christian Hippolytus of Rome in about the year 200 and has continued to be used by modern Christians. Related is Jewish Gehenna which, among other things, like hell, is a valley near Jerusalem where trash was burned. . .

        The hunchback of notre dame – Hellfire HD

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 20, 2018, 7:01 pm

        || JLewisDickerson:
        MORE LIKE IT: I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword Apache® attack helicopter armed with Hellfire® missiles – yes, says prime minister. … ||

        But it will surely be the “most moral” Apache® attack helicopter armed with Hellfire® missiles.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      March 21, 2018, 9:45 am

      Meanwhile:

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-palestinians-new-doomsday-weapon-has-israel-scared-to-death-1.5930920?utm_campaign=newsletter-most-read&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.haaretz.com%2Fisrael-news%2F.premium-palestinians-new-doomsday-weapon-has-israel-scared-to-death-1.5930920

      “Palestinians’ New Doomsday Weapon Has Israel Scared to Death”

      “The first field trial is next week, the day of Passover. A new weapon against occupation, wielded by Palestinian refugees. And Israel, with its layers of defense against every manner of killing devised by man, is unprepared.”

      By Bradley Burston, Mar 20, 2018 – Haaretz.

      EXCERPT:
      “It is the sum of all fears of Israel’s ruling right. It is a weapon against which one of the world’s most powerful, advanced militaries is at a loss.

      “It could succeed where suicide bombings, ballistic missile barrages, and sophisticated attack tunnels have failed. And it’s coming on Passover, just over a week away.
      It’s non-violence.

      “Beginning on the day of the Passover seder, just a week from this Friday, Palestinians plan mass marches toward Israeli and Israeli-held territory, as well as sit-ins and vigils. They will press for Israeli and world attention to UN Resolution 194, the legal basis for what is known as the Palestinian Right of Return.

      “The plan is this: They will be unarmed. They will not throw stones. They will be organized by family clans rather than militant groups. They will avoid clashes with Israeli troops.
      And Israel, with its layers of defenses against attacks from space, cyberspace, nuclear submarines, and every manner of killing machine devised by man, is unprepared.

      “‘All the announcements we’ve been hearing about mass marches – these are very, very problematic developments,’ former Shin Bet chief and ex-minister of Home Front Defense Avi Dichter said Monday. ‘This is not a military war, rather it is a war of the masses, different in its essentials.’

      “‘If on Friday afternoon, at the end of Friday prayers, if thousands or tens of thousands [take part], or if it turns into a number even larger than that, this is an issue which the IDF will need to prepare itself for in a different manner [than it is used to], significantly so, more so,’ Dichter, a senior Likud figure and chair of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told Army Radio. ‘This is not rockets or explosive charges. This requires different operations.’

      “For decades, Israeli soldiers have been trained for any manner of roles in all sorts of combat situations. Then, because of the voracious and ever-growing demands of securing an increasingly more permanent occupation, these same soldiers were routinely ordered – with only the merest of training – into colonial police work, dealing with a disenfranchised, disadvantaged population whose deprivation of human rights it was the troops’ duty to enforce.

      “I was one of them.

      “For generations, most any IDF soldier on occupation duty, along with their families worrying at home, considered the prospect of a truly non-violent Palestinian rebellion, the specter of masses of men, women and children getting up and walking toward borders Israel and settlers set up, legal or otherwise, fenced or walled off or defensible or otherwise.

      “On a personal level, the soldiers, untrained for this, unequipped for non-lethal mass crowd control, silently prayed that this would not happen – not on their watch, at least.

      “And yet. Many of those soldiers, in between prayers and calls of duty, silently hoped against hope that someday it would happen. That one day, truly non-violent protest would take the place of interminable, immutable conflict, and drive a wedge into the mechanics of occupation.”

  5. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer
    March 20, 2018, 8:51 pm

    Seems a pretty inaccurate description of a man operating in a position of conflicting interests and leaning towards self enrichment.

    Heck I’d call him worse.

  6. CigarGod
    CigarGod
    March 21, 2018, 10:20 am

    I guess all the son of a bitches DF have met are Jews, so of course it is an attack on Jews.

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