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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Foreign ministry condemns statements by US officials as hostile to Palestinians

Foreign ministry condemns statements by US officials as hostile to
Palestinians
http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=TbkeXZa95999518098aTbkeXZ

RAMALLAH, January 11, 2018 (WAFA - PLO news agency) - The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Expatriates strongly condemned on Thursday the statement
made by the Advisor to the US President and Special Representative for
International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt in which he accused the
Palestinians of “supporting violence and terrorism."

Those accusations, said the ministry in a statement, came after similar
accusations made by the US Ambassador in Tel Aviv David Freidman.

"The Ministry affirms that these biased American statements represent
prejudiced ideological positions that are hostile to the Palestinian people
and do not serve the efforts to revive the peace process," it said. "They
also contradict the concept of an equal and balanced mediator in the peace
process and the negotiations between the two parties."

The ministry said that it was not surprised by these biased position, "as
they are issued by officials who embrace settler ideologies and thoughts,
and are connected to Israeli settlers through a web of shared interests and
ties, not merely by US officials. Therefore, their positions and visions are
considered irrelevant to the reality of the conflict, especially that their
positions are dealt with through an expansive colonial perspective and
lens."

M.K.

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