The terror group the “Sons of Abu Jandal” gave Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a 24-hour ultimatum to declare total war on Israel, which prompted a planned attempt on his life on Tuesday after he refused to go along with it.
The organization later claimed responsibility for the attack on Abbas’ convoy.
During the assault, one of Abbas’ bodyguards was apparently shot and killed, but Abbas himself escaped unharmed.
The president had been instructed to proclaim a “global war against the Zionist occupation” by the “Son of Abu Jandal.”
The assassination took place just one day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the occupied West Bank on Sunday as part of his diplomatic outreach regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Blinken sought to reassure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the Biden administration was stepping up efforts to improve the situation for Gaza’s civilians and insisted that Palestinians should have a major voice in what happens to the territory after the conflict.
At least 53 people were killed when Israeli planes struck two refugee camps in Gaza on the day when Blinken and Abbas met in the West Bank, according to Gaza health officials.
Though loathed by many Israelis, Abbas’s Palestinian Authority is significantly less radical that Hamas, the terror group that currently rules the Gaza strip and carried out the brutal terror attacks against Israel on October 7th.