Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas addressed the United Nations General Assembly, saying much of what those who stand for Israel knew he already thought. The Times of Israel's Michael Bachner reports that Abbas slammed American policies, hailed terrorist murderers as "martyrs" and "heroes," and made the outrageous claim that Israel — and not Palestinian leadership — supports terrorism:
The US is “too biased towards Israel” in order to act alone as a fair mediator between the Palestinians and Israel, Abbas said, but indicated he could be open to others stepping in to broker talks.
“This administration has reneged on all previous US commitments, and has undermined the two-state solution, and has revealed its false claims of concern about the humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people,” Abbas accused...
“He decided to close the Palestinian mission in Washington, then recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the US embassy to Jerusalem, and even boasts that he took the issues of Jerusalem and refugees off the table...”
Claiming the Palestinians “never use violence,” he added that “we are resisting the Israeli occupation by legitimate means decided by international resolutions. Only peaceful means. We never use violence.”
“By contrast, settlers use arms against our people. We will continue to reject violence and use of weapons,” he said.
But he also ended his speech by paying tribute to “our hero martyrs and prisoners of war,” while accusing Israelis of supporting terrorists...