RAMALLAH, West Bank- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called the US ambassador to Israel a “son of a dog” because of his support for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

President Abbas speaking at the Palestine leadership gathering, also took the time to blame Hamas for a bomb attack last week on the convoy of the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, the remarks have threatened reconciliation efforts with the Islamist group.

He further accused US Ambassador David Friedman of defending Israeli settlements in the West Bank, say the settlers are building “on their land”. The slur has drew critcism from the diplomats and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas in an angry tone said, “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?”

The US ambassador an open supporter of the settlements in the highly contested area in the West Bank and a supporter of US president Donald Trump, has also supported the move by the president to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s national capital.

The decision includes the US embassy moving to Jerusalem.

Freidman responded to Abbas comment, “His response was to refer to me as son of a dog. Anti-Semitism or political discourse? Not for me to judge, I leave that all up to you.”

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