Jews have no link to Israel, rambles Abbas

PALESTINIAN president Mahmoud Abbas denied a Jewish connection to Israel in a rambling, invective-filled, fiery speech to the Palestinian leadership.

“Israel is a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews,” he said in Ramallah on Sunday.

He pronounced the peace process dead and accused Israel of killing it. And he lashed out at America, Britain and even other Arab leaders, whom he told to “go to hell” for criticising him.

Abbas alleged that once there was a state of Israel, its leaders could not convince Jews to emigrate to it.

He also said that six million Jews preferred to be killed by the Nazis in Europe rather than leave for Israel.

During his trip to India, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas had "torn off the mask" and exposed what he called “the truth”.

“For too long, the Palestinian Authority has been pampered by the international community, which did not dare to tell them the truth,” the Israeli leader added. “That has changed. Abbas is reacting to that.

“For the first time, someone [Donald Trump] is telling him the truth to his face.

"The root of the conflict between us and the Palestinians is their continuous refusal to recognise the Jewish state in any borders.”

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Abbas had "lost his senses" and had given up on the prospect of peace talks in favour of open confrontation with both Israel and America.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the pro-settler Jewish Home Party, said the speech represented Abbas' swan song.

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