Netanyahu, Rivlin Call Abbas Over His Brother’s Death

Mahmoud Abbas (Flash 90)
Mahmoud Abbas. (Flash90)

By Dov Benovadia

YERUSHALAYIM – President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday called Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas to express condolences on the loss of his brother. The call lasted several minutes, and Abbas thanked Rivlin for the gesture, PA news sources said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had called Abbas to express his condolences. Abbas left Ramallah Sunday to participate in the funeral.

Omar Abbas, who was 76, passed away Saturday night after a long bout with cancer, for which he was treated in Israel, among other places. Mahmoud Abbas, 81, was five years older than his younger brother, who died after undergoing treatment in Rome.

Omar Abbas had undergone treatment last April at Assouta Hospital in Tel Aviv, where doctors declared that his illness was terminal.