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Sun Aug 20, 2017, 09:46 AM

Abbas: I Met Trump's Envoys 20 Times and Still Don't Understand Their Peace Plan [View all]

Source: Haaretz

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told a delegation from the left-wing Meretz party that he does not understand the conduct of the Trump administration when it comes to the Israel-Palestinian issue.

Abbas noted that in meetings with envoys representing U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks, he heard that they support a two-state solution to the conflict and a settlement construction freeze. However, the Palestinian president said they are refusing to say so publicly and to present Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with such a position as an American demand.

"I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States," Abbas said according to notes taken by some of the meeting's participants. "Every time they repeatedly stressed to me how much they believe and are committed to a two-state solution and a halt to construction in the settlements. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to Netanyahu, but they refrained. They said they would consider it but then they didn't get back to me."

The Palestinian president said he doesn't know to what extent this will be reflected in the results of the upcoming visit of an American delegation, part of Trump's effort to restart the peace process. The representatives, led by senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah on Thursday, after a lengthy tour of the region.


Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.807962

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