Israel movement calls on PM to stop meetings with PA president

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (Amit Shabi - Pool)

Middle East Monitor  /  January 5, 2022

An Israeli security movement, which includes former and retired security officials, has called on Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to stop meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Channel 7 reported.

The movement said in a statement yesterday that Abbas is a “supporter of terrorism, a Holocaust denier, and a corrupt dictator who hates his own people”, adding that horrific crimes against human rights are being committed in the basements of his security agencies.

The movement’s Director-General, Brigadier General (reserve) Amir Efifi, said: “Abu Mazen [Abbas] denies the occurrence of the Holocaust and funds education on the basis of hatred for Jews and that Israel is not legitimate. We should not mix things up, as Abu Mazen is an enemy.”

“Abu Mazen is a corrupt leader who lacks legitimacy, funds terrorism worth NIS1.2 billion [$0.39 billion] annually, leads the global campaign to delegitimize Israel, and promotes brutal and anti-Semitic incitement in Palestinian education,” he said, adding that the possibility of the Palestinian Authority continuation after Abbas is not great.

Last week, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz hosted Abbas in his home for a meeting where they discussed the importance of “deepening security coordination,” and combating terrorism.

The meeting has been slammed by both Palestinians and right-wing Israelis.