‘Let Abbas’s vile words be his last as Palestinian leader,‘ NYT says

In an editorial published Tuesday, The New York Times slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas‘s speech on Monday in which he claimed Jews‘ "social role related to usury and banks" was to blame for millennia of antisemitism, calling on him to step down from his role as a Palestinian leader.

The piece, titled "Let Abbas‘s vile words be his last as Palestinian leader," asserted that the president has "shed all credibility as a trustworthy partner if the Palestinians and Israelis ever again have the nerve to try negotiations."

"Abbas‘s antisemitic tendencies are not new," it continued, referencing Abbas‘s controversial doctoral thesis which seemed to put into question the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

This, along with the "governing system plagued by corruption and dysfunction" which he oversees, make Abbas an unfit leader for the Palestinians and for any prospective peace process, the editorial states.

The second-to-last paragraph deems Monday‘s "vile speech" a "new low," and says that "by succumbing to such dark, corrosive instincts he showed that it is time for him to leave office."