RAMALLAH, Wednesday, December 22, 2021 (WAFA) - The Palestinian presidency today condemned and rejected statements by the head of the United List, Mansour Abbas, an Arab lawmaker in the Israeli parliament, in which he called on the Palestinian people to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
"Such irresponsible statements are consistent with calls by extremists in Israel to dislodge the Palestinians and harm the status of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and the history of the Palestinian people through the ages," said the presidency in a statement.
It stressed that "Mansour Abbas, with such statements, represents only himself and does not represent the Palestinian people at home and everywhere in the world." It condemned these statements which it said violate the religion, history and Palestinian heritage since the beginning of history.
The presidency stressed that "it is unfortunate that Mansour Abbas, instead of siding with the rights of his people, became part of a scheme that promotes the Zionist colonial project. Instead of condemning the settlements, the killings and the displacement committed by the occupation, and the plans of Israeli extremists to empty the Palestinian lands, we see him today echoing the lies advocated by the Zionist movement that has nothing to do with history."
It added, "We also condemn his unusual and suspicious silence about the settlers' desecration of the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and his shameful silence during the battle over Jerusalem and its holy places, and President Mahmoud Abbas' efforts to confront and thrash the deal of the century, and prevent the sale of Jerusalem."
The presidency considered these statements as "a despicable literal translation of the Nationality Law issued by the extremist and racist circles in Israel."