Abbas Calls Israel ‘The Zionist Enemy’
(IFM) PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas, who is the leading candidate in
the elections for the Palestinian Authority Chairmanship to be
held on January 9th, called Israel the "Zionist enemy"
in what marked a sharp escalation of his campaign rhetoric, HA’ARETZ
reported. Speaking to thousands of supporters after an IDF retaliatory
strike killed seven Palestinians in the northern Gaza town of
Beit Lahiya, Abbas said: "We came to you today, while we
are praying for the souls of the martyrs who were killed today
by the shells of the Zionist enemy in Beit Lahiya."
is considered a moderate and has the tacit support of Israel and
the United States, he has in recent days been courting terror
group members, campaigning in Palestinian areas that have been
the hardest hit by four years of fighting.
Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom expressed his disappointment with
Abbas’ latest statements today, which he branded as "the
kind that hasn’t been heard in a long time."
accept the argument that Abbas’ statements stem from campaigning
motives," Shalom said, adding that Israel expects Abbas to
stamp out the firing of Qassam rockets into Israeli territory.