Israel criticises Mahmoud Abbas' call denouncing Holocaust

Israel's prime minister has criticised Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, saying that he could not say the Holocaust was "terrible" while attempting to seek the "destruction of Jewish people".

Netanyahu will 'not negotiate with Hamas-backed govt'

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACAUSA.com

Israel's prime minister has criticised Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, saying that he could not say the Holocaust was "terrible" while attempting to seek the "destruction of Jewish people".

Mr Abbas commented earlier calling the Holocaust "the ugliest crime humanity has known in modern history", according to state media agency WAFA. Mr Netanyahu said he would not negotiate with a government that was "backed by Hamas".

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Abbas calls Holocaust 'ugliest crime of modern history'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called the Holocaust "the ugliest crime humanity has known in modern history", according to the Associated Press.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Credit: Cuneyt Karadag/AA/ABACAPRESS.COM

His comments, reportedly published by the Palestinian official news agency WAFA, marked a rare acknowledgment by an Arab leader of Jewish suffering during the Nazi genocide.

Abbas' comments were published just hours before Israel's annual memorial for Holocaust victims, in which some six million Jews perished.

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