Greenblatt to Abbas spokesman: You’re doing nothing for peace

Trump envoy fires back after PA chairman's spokesman blasts US support for "settlements".

Elad Benari,

Jason Greenblatt
Jason Greenblatt
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Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations, on Wednesday criticized Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman and said he was sabotaging efforts to achieve a peace agreement between Israel and the PA.

In a series of tweets, Greenblatt quoted the spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, who said, “The American support for settlements through silence is doomed to failure because there is no peace and stability without an agreement with the Palestinian people.”

Greenblatt then replied, “Well, Mr. Nabil, we agree on something- there is no peace without an agreement. We are working hard on that. You’re doing nothing. You can’t claim to want peace and also try to sabotage the potential for an agreement. It can’t go both ways.”

“And the Palestinians deserve stability too. You’re holding that back as well. Don’t waste more time – do something meaningful for your people,” added the US envoy.

In recent weeks, Greenblatt has taken PA officials to task several times over their continued resistance to restart peace talks with Israel.

Last Saturday, Greenblatt responded to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Hanan Ashrawi, who asserted that US officials were engaging in diplomacy through Twitter.

“Dr. Ashrawi- my door is always open to the PA & Palestinians to speak. In fact, I’ve met many Palestinians over the past 14 months & continue to. I’m happy to meet anytime- you, Saeb [Erekat] & all your colleagues are ALWAYS welcome to visit me at the White House to speak in person,” he wrote.

A day earlier, Greenblatt fired back at Abu Rudeineh after the spokesman bemoaned the US cut in aid to the PA, which the PA itself had requested.

“Mr. Abu Rudeineh: time to get serious. Either work on peace and/or work on helping Palestinians. The old messages and methods don’t work anymore- not with the US, and not with many other countries. It’s only a matter of time until other countries say this out loud too,” Greenblatt tweeted.

Greenblatt, along with President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, have been working on a peace plan for Israel and the PA.

While the plan has yet to be unveiled, and will likely not be made public until after the Israeli election in April, the PA has rejected the plan outright and has been boycotting the US ever since President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 0f 2017.




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