Erekat Accuses U.S. of Working to Replace Palestinian Leadership

Published June 20th, 2018 - 04:11 GMT
Secretary of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Saeb Erekat (AFP/File Photo)
Secretary of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Saeb Erekat (AFP/File Photo)

Secretary of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Saeb Erekat accused the U.S. administration of working to replace the current Palestinian leadership with one that accepts the “new reality”.

Erekat said that the United States was seeking to transform the Palestinian issue from political to humanitarian, and wanted to get rid of the current Palestinian leadership because of its adherence to national constants and Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

“The U.S. administration needs (another) leadership to deal with the new reality that it wants,” he said.

“The United States has entered into a very dangerous game by replacing national rights with humanitarian projects. This necessitates the implementation of reconciliation agreements and finding a fulcrum for a full political partnership based on the PLO program.”

Erekat’s accusations came ahead of a planned tour of U.S. officials in the region aimed at focusing on the U.S. peace plan, as well as the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

The U.S. president’s advisor, Jared Kushner, U.S. Envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, discussed on Friday with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres the situation in the Middle East and recent U.S. actions in cooperation with the U.N., as well as promoting peace in the region and ensuring humanitarian needs in Gaza.

 

 

According to Reuters, Kushner met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday in Amman, in the presence of Greenblatt, to discuss the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the U.S. administration’s efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority has announced that it refused and would not cooperate with the U.S. initiative to raise financial aid to the Gaza Strip, because the goal was political separation between the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

The Palestinian leadership had sent letters to Arab countries to explain its position before the arrival of the U.S. delegation.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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