Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas already has angrily dismissed the U.S. as a peace partner for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but now he is escalating the rhetoric, calling the U.S. ambassador to Israel a “son of a dog.”
In a speech to Palestinian leadership Monday in Ramallah, Abbas used the epithet in response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem and Ambassador David Friedman’s insistence that Jewish settlements in the West Bank are a part of Israel.
Abbas said Trump “views the settlements as legitimate.”
“More than one official has said that,” he said, according to the Times of Israel. “The ambassador, David Friedman, said they’re building on their own land. You son of a dog, building on their own land?! You are a settler and your family are settlers!”
Islamic legal tradition regards dogs as impure, and there are several injunctions that warn Muslims against contact