Abbas calls Holocaust 'most heinous crime'

By WKTV News

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's national Holocaust memorial is welcoming a rare Palestinian acknowledgment of the Nazi campaign to exterminate Jews.
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is brushing off today's comments by Mahmoud Abbas.
The Palestinian president called the Holocaust "the most heinous crime" of modern history.
His statement appeared to be an effort to reach out to Israeli public opinion at a time of deep crisis in U.S.-backed peace efforts.
But Netanyahu, in interviews on CBS and CNN, said the Palestinian president's recent attempts to reconcile with the Islamic militant movement Hamas raise doubts about his sincerity. Hamas has called for Israel's destruction and doesn't allow Gaza schools to teach children about the Holocaust.
Netanyahu says Abbas "can't say the Holocaust was terrible, but at the same time embrace those who deny the Holocaust" and seek to destroy the Jewish people.

Denials or attempts to minimize the Holocaust are widespread in the Arab world. 

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