The U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley

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The UN, on 5 may. /TASS/. The UN Security Council could not agree on a statement condemning anti-Semitic statements of the President of the state of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, said on Friday the U.S. permanent representative to the world organization for Nikki Haley. In a written statement, the diplomat expressed concerns that it will harm the UN’s role in middle East settlement.

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“Disgusting anti-Semitic statements made on the Palestinian leadership obviously undermine the prospects for peace in the middle East. When the Security Council cannot reach consensus and to condemn such actions, is even more damaging the credibility of the UN in addressing this critical issue,” said Haley.

2 may Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to condemn anti-Semitic statements of Abbas. According to him, in his speech, the Palestinian leader claimed that “the Jews of Europe were persecuted and killed not because they were Jews, but because they were given loans at interest”. According to the newspaper The Jerusalem Post, this point of view, Abbas announced during a speech at the session of the Palestine National Council.

The statements of Abbas were met with condemnation from the UN and several countries, including the UK, France and Switzerland. 4 may the head of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas apologized for his remarks, calling the Holocaust the most heinous crime in history.

The Israeli defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has rejected the apology of Palestinian President, accusing him of denying the Holocaust. He recalled that in 1984, the future Palestinian leader issued Jordan a book called “the Other face: the secret connection between the Nazis and the leadership of the Zionist movement”, which was based on a dissertation, which he defended earlier in the USSR. Critics believe that a number of theses of this work give grounds for the prosecution of the author in Holocaust denial. Sam Mahmoud Abbas has denied the allegations.