Abu Mazen has reached a new low in attributing the cause of massacres of Jewish people over the years to their "social behavior relating to interest and banks." To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again.— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) May 1, 2018
Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's special envoy to the peace process, also condemned the speech.
President Abbas’ remarks yesterday in Ramallah at the opening of the Palestinian National Congress must be unconditionally condemned by all. They are very unfortunate, very distressing & terribly disheartening. Peace cannot be built on this kind of foundation.— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) May 1, 2018
Israeli politicians reacted strongly as well."The Holocaust-denying Abu Mazen revealed in Arabic what he hides in English: that he is the head of those inciting against the existence of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel," said Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely."Someone who continually claims that the Jewish State is a colonialist enterprise, spreads hatred and works to prevent peace in the Middle East can certainly not be a partner for peace, but instead a force that makes it more unattainable," she said."Instead of distorting history, it would be better for Abu Mazen to learn its lessons and, for a change, to try to influence it for the better," said Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuli. "His ugly attempts to explain and justify the European Holocaust because of Jews' avarice are truly an updated, nasty, and poisonous version of the antisemitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion," Shmuli said.