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A Candid Speech from President Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas at UN, September 22, 2016 (Photo: screenshot)

Last week, we brought you video of Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the United Nations General Assembly - a speech that preceded Israeli PM Netanyahu's own address. Now, former national security adviser Elliott Abrams looks at Abbas' words and says that they were surprisingly forthright in their threats against Israel and their continued delegitimization of the Jewish state:

There have been many attacks on aspects of Palestinian President Abbas’s speech to the UN General Assembly last week, but it had one saving grace: candor.

Let’s take just two examples. First, Mr. Abbas said this about the Temple Mount: Israel must cease its aggression and provocations against the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque,” and Israel “continues to commit aggressions and provocations against our Christian and Muslim holy sites, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque. The continuation of the Israeli aggressions against our Muslim and Christian holy sites is playing with fire.”

This accusation–as we see, repeated twice–is false, but Mr. Abbas goes beyond merely stating it and turns it into a threat of violence. What else does “playing with fire” mean?

Second, and in a way worse, is Mr. Abbas’s treatment of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and his complete delegitimization of Israel...

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