Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh stated on Tuesday that Palestinians wish to preserve relations with the US and are keen to realize peace with Israel. “We would like relations between the US and Palestine to be impartial from Israel,” he stated.
Calling for mutual confidence-building measures between the Palestinians and Israel, Shtayyeh informed Republican US Congressmen visiting Ramallah that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is a staunch believer within the peace course of. “We’re not escaping from peace,” he added.
Shtayyeh criticized the Trump administration for its measures and insurance policies concerning all “core” points, together with Jerusalem, borders, refugees and settlements, in keeping with the PA’s official information company Wafa. He additionally burdened the significance of halting settlement development and “ending the occupation,” it added.
“The Trump administration took unilateral steps that killed the observe of political negotiations, particularly by transferring the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” the PA premier was quoted as telling the Congressional delegation. “The political course of started in Madrid 28 years in the past, and it’s inconceivable that till now, peace hasn’t been achieved. The peace course of wants critical intentions, and Israel doesn’t have such intentions. The US is biased in favor of Israel, and the best resolution for us is the two-state resolution on the idea of the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem because the capital of the Palestinian state, in addition to a simply resolution for the refugees.”
Throughout the assembly, Shtayyeh accused Israel of “waging struggle on the Palestinian narrative” whereas “consolidating the Jewish narrative to manage Jerusalem and Palestine.” The Palestinians, he stated, are “proud” of their narrative. “The battle just isn’t a non secular one; somewhat, it’s a political battle,” Shtayyeh remarked. He additionally complained that Israel’s coverage of settlement development “goals to destroy the two-state resolution.”
The premier additionally accused the US and Israel of waging “monetary struggle” on the Palestinians to drive them to simply accept US President Donald Trump’s upcoming Center East peace plan, often known as the “Deal of the Century.”
The Republican Congressional delegation, headed by Republican Chief Kevin McCarthy, additionally met with PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat.
“I reiterated that peace means an finish to the Israeli occupation, and two states on the 1967 borders,” Erekat stated after the assembly, which he described as a “candid and in-depth dialogue.”
In the meantime, Abbas expressed hope that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely be defeated within the September 17 election and changed by a pacesetter prepared to talk to him, in a gathering with Democratic Union candidates Essawi Frej and Noa Rothman in Ramallah.
Frej informed The Jerusalem Submit after the assembly that he discovered Abbas to be wholesome, encouraging and in search of a peace course of.
“He’s eagerly ready for the Israeli election,” Frej stated. “He complained that Netanyahu has barely spoken to him over the previous decade and that he hopes the following authorities begins a brand new peace course of.”
Frej stated the aim of the assembly was to revive the diplomatic subject to the nationwide agenda forward of the election, after it has been uncared for by Blue and White and Labor.
“We got here there to return hope,” he defined. “We within the Democratic Union imagine the Palestinian subject must be a high precedence.”
Rothman wrote on Twitter after the assembly that Abbas is “a pacesetter involved about rising extremism and a scarcity of hope and dialogue amongst each the Israelis and Palestinians.”
A granddaughter of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, Rothman blamed Netanyahu for the present lack of a peace course of.
“As an Israeli, I’m offended and upset that Netanyahu has performed nothing over the previous decade to advance the diplomatic course of and didn’t even do the minimal to provoke the dialogue essential to result in calm within the South,” Rothman wrote. “I’ve a heavy feeling that our management just isn’t doing its half to guard and advance us, when there may be a lot to be performed.”
Netanyahu’s son Yair tweeted again to Rothman: “The place is your uncle Yasser Arafat?” referring to the late Palestinian chief. Opponents of Netanyahu responded mockingly by posting photos of Netanyahu and Arafat trying joyful collectively.
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