During his meeting with Palestinian leaders in the Palestinian-controlled city of Bethlehem, President Trump slammed President Mahmoud Abbas for lying about terrorism incitement. Trump previously extended an olive branch to Abbas, hoping to resurrect peace negotiations. However, Abbas’ many lies appear to have changed the president’s perspective on Palestinian intransigence.
Israel’s Channel 2 explains that Trump’s meeting with Abbas last Sunday went awry after Trump called out the Palestinian leader’s mendacious rhetoric.
“A US official present during the meeting claims the president expressed outrage with Abbas, yelling at him regarding Abbas’ claims that his Fatah faction was not involved in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement,” reports Arutz Sheva News, citing Channel 2.
“You talked to me about peace, but the Israelis showed me that you are personally supporting incitement,” Trump told Abbas, according to Channel 2’s report.
Trump’s bold confrontation came after his March meeting with Abbas, in which the Palestinian leader stood at the White House and vowed to commit his cause to peace.