Mahmoud Abbas Blames His Ill Health on US Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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Yes, seriously.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the stress of  the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital for his ill health after he was discharged Monday after being hospitalized for nine days.

“Thank God I’m discharged from the hospital today in full health, and will return back to work from tomorrow,” Abbas said.

But he hinted that the heavy workload and stress of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as well as the transfer of its embassy there, had affected his health.

“The health of the state is good, we will achieve our goal which is an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital,” Abbas said. “If the story of Jerusalem put me in the hospital, then I leave and say that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.”

Abbas was admitted on May 20 to the Istishari Arab Hospital near Ramallah in the West Bank with complications following an ear operation, including high fever.

Officials later confirmed he was being treated for pneumonia.

His extended hospitalization led to widespread speculation over his condition, particularly with no successor publicly in line for the PA presidency.

“Some are using the president’s illness for political gain. Shame on them,” said Jibril Rajoub, a former security chief who is considered to be one of the would-be successors.

“Some are using the president’s illness for political gain.” Yes, Abbas!

Although part of me wishes this was not really another example of Abbas’ shameless lying. Imagine if this was the result of the stress of  the US recognition of Jerusalem. Given the way things are heading with this new US administration, this Holocaust-denying, terror-supporting antisemite will be six feet under in no time.



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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.