Abbas earlier told Palestinian leaders in Ramallah that Friedman was a "settler and a son of a dog", in an angry outburst against USA policy. He said the Palestinian leader needed "to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people".
Abbas said in response to Friedman's criticism of the PA on Monday, as cited by Reuters.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas directly accused Hamas on Monday of carrying out a bomb attack against prime minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza last week, threatening fresh sanctions against them. "I leave that up to you", he said, according to a United States embassy spokeswoman. The slur drew rebukes from the diplomat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Friedman, a strong supporter of Israel's settler movement, was an early and enthusiastic advocate of U.S. President Donald Trump's December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move the U.S. embassy there. Son of a dog, they are building in their land? Anti-Semitism or political discourse? "For the first time in dozens of years the American administration has stopped pampering the Palestinian leaders".
Shortly after the attack, Hamas said it was launching an investigation to uncover who was behind the blast and deflected the PA's comments blaming the the Gaza-based group for the incident.
But in December, Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and in May, Friedman will become the first USA ambassador in the city as the embassy is moved. "Apparently the shock of the truth has caused them to lose it".
Hamdallah's convoy, which included the Palestinian Authority's intelligence chief Majed Faraj, was attacked just after the delegation crossed through the Israeli-controlled Erez checkpoint, known to Palestinians as Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.
Six of his security guards were lightly hurt.
Speaking during Monday's meeting, Abbas said that if the "assassination attempt" had succeeded, the development would have opened the door for a bloody civil war. He said the incident would "not be allowed to pass" and announced he would take unspecified "national, legal and financial measures".
The Islamists and Abbas's secular party Fatah have been at odds since 2007 when Hamas seized control of Gaza in a near civil war.
Abbas said Hamas would have to give up control of Gaza or risk taking full responsibility for the enclave and its two million residents without any help from his Western-backed Palestinian Authority.
Hamas and Fatah agreed a reconciliation agreement in October but it has collapsed.