>> Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has apologized after he was accused of anti-Semitism. In an opening speech to the Palestinian National Council earlier this week, he suggested the historic persecution of European Jews had been caused by their conduct, not by their religion. His remarks prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accuse him of grave anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.
Abbas responded by issuing a statement apologizing to anyone who had been offended by his remarks. In it called the Holocaust the most heinous crime in history. The Israeli Defense Minister rejected his apology.