President Donald Trump is said to have yelled at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in Bethlehem last week after Israel reportedly showed Trump evidence that Abbas was “personally responsible for incitement” to violence.
A report by Israel’s Channel 2 television on Sunday cites Israeli sources quoting Trump as having angrily accused Abbas of lying “about commitment to peace” during an earlier meeting between the leaders at the White House in April.
“You lied to me in Washington when you talked about commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me you were personally responsible for incitement,” the sources quoted Trump yelling.
The outburst was reportedly followed by several minutes of silence before the meeting resumed, albeit with a great deal of tension.
Palestinian sources told Channel 2, however, that the meeting between the two leaders was calm.
Trump had urged Abbas to clamp down on anti-Israeli incitement in the Palestinian education system during their meeting in Washington and also criticized the Palestinian Authority’s policy of handing out social welfare payments to the families of Palestinians imprisoned or killed perpetrating attacks against Israelis.
Following their meeting in Bethlehem last week, Trump reiterated that terrorism must not be “rewarded”, but expressed confidence that both sides were ready to reach for peace.
“I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace,” Trump said in a joint press conference with Abbas.
“And by meeting with my very good friend, Benjamin, [I can say that] that he is reaching for peace, he loves peace, he loves people, he especially loves the Israeli people. Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace,” he added.
Israel considers the strong anti-Israeli messages in Palestinian education to be one of the stumbling blocks for a peaceful resolution of the long-standing conflict.
By: i24 News Staff
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