The office of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Monday issued a statement condemning Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who said at an event in Paris on Sunday that “there is no such thing as a Palestinian people.”

"This truth should be heard here in the Elysee Palace. This truth should also be heard by the Jewish people in the State of Israel who are a little confused, this truth should be heard in the White House in Washington. The whole world needs to hear this truth, because it is the truth - and the truth will win," said Smotrich in his remarks.

In its statement, Abbas’ office stated that "the racist statement of the extremist Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich, who denied the existence of the Palestinian people, is an attempt to falsify history and distort it, and it exposes the racism of the Israeli government, which strives to deny the existence of the Palestinian people who have been in this land since time immemorial."

The statement added that "the Israeli attempts to invent a false narrative that denies the existence of our (Palestinian) people is denied by history, which confirms that the Palestinian people are the owners of this land, and its roots reach deep into history, and they do not need people like Smotrich to know their history which goes back to the beginning of history."... Read More: Arutz-7