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.
“You tricked me in Washington,” the president reportedly told Abbas in Bethlehem.
For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has impugned Abbas’ incredulous claims about promoting an agenda of peace and tolerance.
"I heard President Abbas … say that the Palestinians teach their children peace,” stated the prime minister. “Unfortunately, that's not true. They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists.”
From eulogizing terrorists in their official newspapers to handing out sweets and candy to children in celebration of Jew-killing terrorist attacks, the Palestinian Authority has celebrated, promoted, and directly incited acts of terrorism against innocent Israelis in embrace of Islamic honor culture. In honor culture, any perceived slight or humiliation must be answered with violence and blood; dying as a martyr is an incomparable act of heroism, one that elicits praise and sanctification.