Israeli Ministers and MKs from the government and opposition alike rushed to condemn Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas's UN General Assembly address, during which he compared Israel to Nazi Germany and announced the PA would no longer be abiding by the 1994 Oslo Accords.
Israeli Education Minister and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's speech to the UN General Assembly Wednesday, in with Abbas attacked Israel and announced the PA would no longer be bound by the Oslo Accords.
"Abu Mazen has returned to his good old days as a holocaust denier," Bennett said, referring to Abbas by his nickname and referencing his infamous thesis in which he denied the scale of the holocaust and claimed the genocide was part of a "Zionist conspiracy."
Bennett accused Abbas of "rewriting history again" in his speech, "calling to release from prison the murderers of Jewish women, men and children, who just 'want to see their families,' in his words.
"At a time when Europe is dealing with a wave of refugees, the Middle East is burning and falling apart, Abu Mazen, too, will pass and be remembered as (just) another terrorist in the annals of history – and not even one of the successful ones," Bennett continued, before concluding with the words "Am Yisrael Chai (the nation of Israel lives.)"
Yisrael Betyenu leader and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman derided Abbas for his "empty threats."
"This is another false address with more empty threats by the great inciter Abu Mazen," Liberman stated. "Just like his previous threats to drop a 'bomb' in his addresses were empty lies, so too were his words against Israel."
"In all his years as chairman of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen has and continues to incite against Israel and the Jews, and the sooner he resigns from his position – which he has held in an undemocratic and illegitimate fashion – the better.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) issued his response from the town of Har Bracha in Samaria, at an opening ceremony for daycare centers.
"In his speech today Abu Mazen finally smashed the illusion of the Oslo Accords," he said. "The Palestinians chose the route of terror a long time ago, and the Palestinian Authority isn't the solution but the problem.
"The inciting speech full of the lies and fantasies of Abu Mazen will be answered by our hands with the response that Zionism has always known how to give since its early days, and that is strengthening the building and the settlement enterprise throughout the land of Israel.
"I call on the Leader of the Opposition and the heads of the left-wing parties to acknowledge the fact that there is no true Palestinian partner for peace."
In his inflammatory speech, Abbas compared Israel to both apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany, and declared that the Palestinian Authority would no longer consider itself bound by the 1994 Oslo Accords, as long as Israel continued to build "settlements" and release imprisoned Palestinian terrorists.