The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, described the 50-day conflict in Gaza as a “war of genocide” that was started by the Israeli forces. About 2,100 Palestinians and 73 Israelis died in the conflict. President Abbas’s accusations have been met with outrage in both Israel and the US. According to Israel, most of the violence was caused by Hamas (a Palestine-Islamic organization). The Israeli Foreign Minister claimed that Abbas’s speech was a “speech of incitement filled with lies,” and the US State Department spokeswoman has stated that it “included offensive characterisations that were deeply disappointing”.