Abbas advisor: Americans victims of 'Jewish lobby'

Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior advisor to PA chairman, claims the United States can't be an honest broker in peace talks.

Ben Ariel,

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas
PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas

A senior official in Fatah on Sunday accused the United States of being a "victim of the Jewish lobby" and thus unable to be an honest broker in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The official, Mohammad Shtayyeh, made the comments in an interview with the English-language i24news channel.

"People are extremely angry, they see no political future on the horizon. President Barack Obama didn't mention Palestine once during his latest speech to the United Nations," he said.

"This has shown to the Palestinian public that the international community lead by the United States has washed their hands of the Palestinian question," claimed Shtayyeh, who is a senior advisor to Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

"Washington is a victim of the Jewish lobby and therefore Washington cannot be an honest broker. We know for sure that Washington is in a strategic alliance with Israel, so how can they be an honest broker?" he charged.

"President Obama has not been fully engaged in the process," Shtayyeh continued, adding that Obama has allowed Secretary of State John Kerry to "try," but he has not put the full weight of the White House behind him.

He further charged that Palestinian Arabs have grown frustrated with "Israel's occupation," the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership.

"The Palestinian public is extremely politically aware and the fuel for this uprising is the youth. We have said from the beginning that we want elections, we want a unity government, but Hamas is blocking all of this," he added.

The last round of peace talks brokered by Kerry took place in 2014, but broke down when the PA unilaterally joined international organizations, then proceeded to launch a diplomatic offensive against Israel.

Abbas has continuously imposed new preconditions on talks, even after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared he was willing to meet with him.

Furthermore, Abbas himself recently admitted to Israeli television that he rejected "out of hand" an offer from former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a PA state on nearly 95% of Judea and Samaria.

In addition, Abbas has been one of the primary instigators of the latest Palestinian wave of violence against Israelis, as is reflected in his incitement to attacks on Israelis, such as when he called on Palestinian Arabs to “liberate” the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Jews and their “filthy feet”.