Senior Netanyahu Aides: Abbas Speech Full of Lies, Incitement

Lieberman accuses Palestinian president of waging political terror, perpetuating conflict.

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Barak Ravid
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ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the United Nations General Assembly drew harsh responses from Israeli officials on Friday.

In his address, Abbas accused Israel of waging "war of genocide" in Gaza, perpetrating "state terrorism," and seeking to "destroy the chance" for Palestinian independence.

Senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office said the Palestinian leader's speech "was full of lies and incitement. This is not the way a man who wants peace speaks."

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, too, claimed that the speech proves Abbas "doesn't want to and cannot be a partner for a reasonable political settlement."

"Abu Mazen complements Hamas by perpetrating political terror and making false accusations against Israel," Lieberman added, referring to Abbas. "As long as Abu Mazen chairs the Palestinian Authority he will perpetuate the conflict. Abu Mazen proves time and again that he isn't a man of peace, but is Arafat's successor in various ways."

Abbas used his address to announce that he is seeking a UN resolution that would set a deadline for Israel to pull out of Palestinian lands captured in the 1967 war.

Likud Central Committee Chairman MK Danny Danon said that Abbas' annoucement, like his 2013 speech, pursues "an instant solution that has no basis in reality."

He said that unilateral steps by the Palestinians would be met with unilateral steps by Israel.

"Any unilateral declaration by Abu Mazen must be met with the instatement of sovereignty on Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria," he threatened.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 26, 2014 in New York.Credit: AFP

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