Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin on Thursday to offer condolences on the passing of First Lady Nechama Rivlin, drawing fire from his rivals.
“His excellency offered his condolences to President Rivlin during the call and asked God to provide him and his family with comfort and patience,” the official PA news site Wafa reported
Rivlin thanked Abbas for the call and wished him happy holidays on the occasion of Eid al Fitr, the Muslim festival that takes place following Ramadan, the Wafa report added.
The Hamas terror group slammed Abbas for offering his condolences.
“The PA president expressing condolences to the president of the Zionist entity on the death of his wife is a betrayal of our Palestinian people, a stab in the back of the families of martyrs and belittles their feelings,” Hamas spokesman Abdelatif al-Qanou wrote on his Facebook page.
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