Abbas censures 'racist' Netanyahu comments

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas calls Netanyahu's comments 'racist' after poll victory

Abbas censures 'racist' Netanyahu comments

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has criticized what he described as "racist and worrisome" comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the victory of the latter's Likud party in this week's parliamentary polls.

"We have followed the Israeli elections and did not interfere in it. But we heard Netanyahu's remarks – that there would be no two-state solution and Jerusalem would be Israel's unified capital – which are worrisome," Abbas told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Ramallah.

"Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for beheading the Arabs in Israel, which is totally racist," he added.

The Palestinian leader went on to say that the remarks indicated Israel's lack of seriousness about resolving the decades-long conflict.

Unofficial results of Tuesday's polls indicate that Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party had won 30 seats, while the center-left Zionist Union alliance had come in second with 24 seats.

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ground to a halt one year ago over Israel's refusal to release a group of Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Mart 2015, 17:05