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Erekat: Trump administration responsible for West Bank tensions

February 8, 2020 at 3:05 pm

The Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, 8 November 2019 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]

Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, blamed responsibility for the ongoing West Bank tensions on the administration of US President Donald Trump, reported on Friday.

Erekat replied to the claims of Trump’s advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who blamed the Palestinian Authority (PA), PLO and Fatah leader, Mahmoud Abbas, for the growing tensions.

According to Erekat, Trump’s administration are responsible for the continued tensions, noting that the deal: “Recognises annexation [of major parts of occupied West Bank], reinforces apartheid and legalises the Israeli occupation.” Erekat further adds that Abbas is: “Heading to the UN Security Council with the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.”

READ: Erekat slams US Kushner’s claims Palestinians unable to make peace

Erekat confirmed that the international community “completely” supports Abbas’s plan.

Meanwhile, Erekat stresses that Kushner adopts an “apartheid plan” and is standing behind the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the council of the Israeli colonial settlements.

Speaking to journalists in New York on Thursday evening, Kushner announced that Abbas called for days of rage before even seeing the deal.

Kushner claims that Abbas refused to discuss the peace plan with Trump by phone or to even receive a copy to consult.

Trump's deal breaches international law - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump’s deal breaches international law – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]