Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman attacked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for allegedly writing a letter of support to the Israeli-Arab family of the man who attempted to assassinate right wing activist Yehuda Glick on Wednesday night.
“This shows that Abu Mazen is a partner, a partner for terror, a partner for terrorists, a partner for murders,” Liberman angrily said.
“This despicable letter by Abu Mazen [Abbas] openly support terror and encourages further killings,” Liberman said.
He called on the international community to Abbas for helping the Israel-Palestinian conflict disintegrate into the realm of threats and violence.
The Jerusalem Post was unable to confirm that Abbas had actually sent a condolence letter to the family of Mu’taz Hijazi, the man from the Abu Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem who is suspected of shooting Glick.
According to reporters, however, in the letter, dated November 1, Abbas wrote that he received with “anger and condemnation the news of the heinous crime committed by the gangs of killing and terrorism in the Israeli occupation army.”
Declaring Hijazi, who was shot dead by police forces hours after the assassination attempt, as a “martyr.”
Abbas wrote that the killing of Hijzai has been added to the “crimes of the Israeli occupation army against our people since the nakba (in 1948).”
“This act won’t intimidate our people, but would increase its steadfastness in its homeland,” Abbas wrote in his letter to the family.