(JNS.org) President Donald Trump berated Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting last week in Bethlehem over Abbas’s personal responsibility for incitement to terrorism, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Sunday.
An unnamed American source reportedly told the Israeli broadcaster Trump was furious with Abbas and yelled at the PA leader for his direct involvement with incitement against Jews.
“You tricked me in D.C.! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement,” Trump reportedly screamed at Abbas, who was taken aback by the U.S. president’s forceful comments. The two leaders had met at the White House May 3.
The report further stated that several minutes of silence followed the outburst, before the meeting was able to resume. Although the PA denied Channel 2’s account, a reporter for the network, Udi Segal, posted segments of the purported spat on Twitter.
In his public remarks with Abbas last week, Trump had said peace “can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded,” but conveyed assurances that both Israel and the Palestinians were ready for peace.
Palestinian Media Watch reported in early May that PA Prisoners’ Affairs Committee leader Issa Qaraqe had announced Abbas’s “absolute refusal of the Israeli demands” to halt PA payments to terrorists and their families.