In a post on Twitter, David Friedman said the United States was "not seeking "to replace" Mahmoud Abbas".
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman suggested that if PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas continues to refuse negotiating with Israel, someone else would be happy to step up and do so.
In comments reported by the Israeli media, David Friedman said that if Abbas is not interested in negotiating, "I am sure somebody else will" and that "vacuums tend to be filled".
Friedman, Abu Rudeineh went on, does not serve USA interests, but rather those of Israel's influential settler movement.
He called on the USA administration "to make a clear position towards these endless (Friedman) remarks which contradict with the diplomatic regulations". The Palestinians had earlier repeatedly slammed Friedman for his endless remarks that support Israeli settlements.
Abbas cut ties with Friedman and USA peace negotiators in December, when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and said he would move the US embassy there.
The Trump administration reportedly has delated the announcement of a Middle East peace plan over this move.
Palestinian officials criticised the comments as interference in Palestinian affairs.
Palestine's Fatah movement, for its part, said the USA ambassador should stop acting in the interests of Jewish settlers.
"President Mahmoud Abbas is the elected president of all the Palestinians and he is the one who leads the Palestinians towards independence and the one who does all his best to protect Jerusalem and all its holy sites", said the statement.