2 Men Named Abbas
By Micah Halpern
It’s ABBAS versus ABBAS.
There are two important people in the Palestinian establishment with the name
Mansour Abbas is head of the United Arab Party, a member of Knesset and a part of the Israeli government coalition.
Mansour Abbas recently said: “The State of Israel was born as a Jewish state, and it will remain one.” He made the statement while speaking at a conference convened by Globes, Israel’s economic newspaper.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and was outraged by the comments made by ‘the other’ Abbas. His response was: “These irresponsible statements are consistent with the calls of extremists in Israel to displace the Palestinians and harm the status of the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque and the history of the Palestinian people”.
President Mahmoud Abbas added that Knesset member Mansour Abbas represents only himself when he talks about accepting Israel as a Jewish state. He said: “He does not represent the Palestinian people at home and everywhere in the world,” and such remarks “contradict religion, history and Palestinian heritage.”
In a statement released by his office, PA President Abbas accuses the other Abbas of being part of a “current that promotes the Zionist colonial project, … It is unfortunate that instead of siding with the rights of his people and condemning the settlements, killings and displacement committed by the occupation and the plans of Israeli extremists to empty Palestinian lands, we see him repeating the lies of the Zionist movement.”
The reality is that each Abbas has a relationship with Israel and they should both be working together with Israel.
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