President Donald Trump, at a private meeting with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, reportedly let loose an angry vent against the PA leader that went like this: “You tricked me.”
Specifically, Trump is said to have yelled at Abbas, “You tricked me in DC,” in reference to the meeting the two had at the White House in early May.
Trump then said, according to an Israeli TV report, which cited an unnamed U.S. souce: “You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement [against Israel].”
The Palestinians were said to have been left in shock at the outburst.
Here’s more, from Breaking Israel News:
“His outburst left the Palestinians in stunned silence, Israel’s Channel 2 reported, and tensions were high for several moments before both sides were able to get the meeting back on track. No evidence of the strain was visible in the joint press conference held after the private meeting, though Trump’s otherwise warm remarks included what many interpreted as a very pointed reference to the PA’s practice of paying salaries to terrorists and their families.
“‘Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded,’ he declared.
“At their Washington meeting earlier in the month, Abbas had insisted that his people were peaceful, claiming at a joint press conference that the Palestinians were ‘raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.’
“But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly countered the blatant falsehood, stating in response, ‘I heard President Abbas yesterday say that the Palestinians teach their children peace. Unfortunately, that’s not true. They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists.’ …
“Palestinian law also regularly allocates thousands of dollars to murderers of Israelis and their families. Children are trained in combat camps to prepare for violent confrontations with the ‘Zionist enemy’, and a report last month found that official PA textbooks for students in first to fourth grades demonize Israel and glorify ‘martyrdom’ for their cause.”
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