Labor party leader Avi Gabbay slams Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech, in which he said Israel is a “colonial project.”
“Abu Mazen’s words are grave and false and also included anti-Semitic fabrications,” says Gabbay, using Abbas’ Arabic nickname.
Gabbay is speaking at a Knesset faction meeting of the Zionist Union, an alliance of the Labor and Hatnua parties.
While condemning Abbas, Gabbay says “we must not be confused and must not focus on what the Palestinians say.”
“Before and after Abu Mazen’s speeches, separating from the Palestinians is in our interest,” says Gabbay, adding that Israel has no interest in ruling over the Palestinians.
He also says both sides needs leaders “who want to build trust between them and not to deal with what the world says about them, and definitely not to continue with the blame game that doesn’t lead to anything.”