Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon expressed his contempt Monday for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, recalling an incident during his time as White House chief strategist when he refused to sit down for a meal with the Palestinian leader.
Speaking with Alex Marlow, host of Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM, Bannon admitted he refused a lunch meeting with the Palestinian leader because he believed him to be a “terrorist.”
“I wouldn’t go to the lunch because I didn’t want to breathe the same air as a terrorist,” said Bannon.
“I didn’t want to eat lunch with a guy that had the blood of innocent Jewish civilians on his hands. I just don’t,” he continued.
Bannon delivered similar comments Sunday during while addressing the Zionist Organization of America. In his speech, he offered praise and admiration for members of the Zionist community.
“You know the reason I love the Zionist Organization of America and Morton Klein and the folks? They are such fighters,” Bannon told Marlow in discussing his speech.
“I mean, it’s like another Breitbart. These guys are just fighters, and the audience last night was just fantastic,” he said.
“Tom Cotton was honored, Chris Ruddy was honored, Ambassador Friedman, who I think is one of the best picks in the entire Trump administration. It was just a fantastic night,” he added.
Bannon also talked about his efforts to make Breitbart a pro-Israeli, pro-Jewish website, saying he is “very proud of the fact that we’re the most pro-Jewish site of any news site, and I include The Forward in that.”
“We set up Breitbart Jerusalem under Aaron Klein, I would say the great Aaron Klein, to be a voice of really breaking stories over there,” he continued. “We couldn’t be prouder.”
But Bannon is concerned that the current political establishment is failing to support Israel, lamenting that “the bar has been so lowered for what it means to support Israel.”
In response, Bannon said he hopes the Zionist community will shift its support to the more pro-Israeli “anti-establishment revolt.”
Though Bannon has seen progress in the Middle East under Trump administration, he still believes there is more work to be done.
“We destroyed the physical (Islamic State) caliphate in the Middle East and he’s decertified the Iran deal, and he’s begun the process, I think, to renegotiation,” Bannon said of Trump.
“We’ve still got to name the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and we have to move the embassy from (Tel Aviv to Jerusalem),” he added.
“Those things have to be done. I know President Trump is going to do them. They were on my whiteboard in the little war room I ran, so I know they’ll be done. And they have to be done.”