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Monday, February 5, 2018
Palestinian Foreign Ministry lashes out at US envoy Greenblatt, says he dismissed the Palestinians

Foreign Ministry lashes out at US envoy Greenblatt, says he dismissed the
Palestinians
http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=srM6CFa96365943003asrM6CF

RAMALLAH, February 5, 2018 (WAFA - official PLO news agency) - The
Palestinian Foreign Ministry lashed out on Monday at US peace envoy Jason
Greenblatt accusing him of dismissing any role for the Palestinians in his
plan for a Middle East settlement.

It said in a statement that the Palestinian side will not react or respond
to any statement or position by Greenblatt, regardless of their content,
particularly his disregard for the Palestinians and their basic rights.

The ministry said Greenblatt took very strong pro-Israel positions and
sounded very right-wing “to the extent that the right wing in Israel were
astonished to find a supportive voice willing to take their place in making
such statements.”

It said that recent revelations about Greenblatt’s remarks in Tel Aviv or at
the Gaza borders, or during meetings with European and foreign diplomats and
on Twitter “confirm that the Palestinians, in his eyes, are not part of the
political process nor is he interested in their opinion."

“The plan, which was drafted by Israel and adopted by the US administration,
transcends the Palestinians and favors dealing with regional actors while
dropping the Palestinian factor from efforts to resolve the conflict while
trying to bring Israel together with some countries of the region under the
label of the 'Iranian threat’.”

The ministry expected Greenblatt’s plan to fail because none in the region
would agree to dismiss the Palestinian factor from any peace plan or even to
drop the issue of Jerusalem from a peace settlement.

“Greenblatt's plan will have no chance of success,” it said.

M.K.

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