PA calls on Trump to not move embassy while calling on US President to “bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table”; Erekat accuses Israel of apartheid
The Palestinian Authority warned against moving the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday, calling on President Trump to not move the embassy and to “bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table”.
In an interview on Monday, senior Palestinian diplomat and negotiator Saeb Erekat called on President Trump to not move the embassy and oversee the resumption of peace talks stating “I hope that Trump will not do it and we urge him to not do it. We urge him to try and bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.”
Erekat accused Israel of apartheid and stealing the “future and hope” of the Palestinians, stating that the “Palestinians intend to fight for the freedom of the Palestinian people and for Israeli seekers of peace,” claiming that Israel is “working to annex the lands of the Palestinian people. Israel is working to humiliate people and create an apartheid regime for West Bank Palestinians and steal their land and confiscate their future and their hope. Stop your blind Israeli policy…”
The PLO official also accused the State of Israel aligning itself with white supremacists and extreme groups, stating that “The Israeli government is aligning itself with the most extreme, white supremacist, nationalist, populist parties in Europe and the United States against Arabs and Muslims. These people are inciting war against the values and concepts of Arabs and Muslims.”
His remarks come following a meeting held between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan on Sunday, P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman. Their meeting was centered of collaborative efforts if the United States were to move the embassy. Abbas stated following his meeting with King Abdullah “I hope the American administration will act on two levels, one, to not discuss moving the embassy to Jerusalem and second, for the administration to lead negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis with the aim of achieving a political settlement.”
On Monday, the White House also confirmed that Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet with President Trump in Washington in February, while vocalizing support for the State of Israel given previous efforts by the Obama Administration. The White House released the statement “The President emphasized that peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties, and that the United States will work closely with Israel to make progress towards that goal. The President invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to an early February meeting at the White House.”