Israel slammed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday for his support for Gaza following its confrontation with the Jewish state, while casting aspersions on the legitimacy of his upcoming UN statehood bid.
According to Hamas, Abbas telephoned Gaza’s Hamas premier Ismail Haniya on Thursday to congratulate him “on his victory and (offer) condolences for the martyrs.”
The conversation between the two rival Palestinian leaders came after an Egyptian-brokered truce with Israel ended on Wednesday eight days of fighting in and around Gaza, in which 166 Palestinians and six Israelis died.
An official who attends Israeli cabinet meetings said “it’s not worthy that president Abbas did not once condemn the deadly rocket fire from Gaza on Israel’s innocent civil population.”
“He didn’t even condemn it after three Israeli civilians were killed in Kiryat Malachi,” a southern Israeli town where a rocket hit a residential building.