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  6/3/2014, Sivan 5, 5774

Former American UN Envoy Slams 'Despicable' Taliban Deal


America's former ambassador to the United Nations has branded Washington's recent prisoner swap deal with the Taliban as "despicable". The deal, which took place on Saturday, saw captive American soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl released after being held for nearly five years by the Afghan Taliban. In return, the US released five senior Taliban leaders, in a move which has been roundly criticized in some corners, and hailed by the Taliban as a "victory".

Speaking to Arutz Sheva about the unity deal between Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas's PLO, Ambassador John Bolton said that it remained to be seen how long such a deal would actually last, but that "fundamentally it doesn't matter whether it succeeds of fails - it demonstrates the lack of legitimacy the Palestinian Authority, PLO, Fatah all have that they would even consider aligning with Hamas."