Palestinian official: US peace plan doomed to fail

Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Saturday President Trump’s team is headed toward a dead end because they are not engaging the Palestinians or their positions. (AFP)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Palestinian official: US peace plan doomed to fail

  • Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Saturday President Trump’s team is headed toward a dead end because they are not engaging the Palestinians or their positions.
  • Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner along with Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday in Jerusalem.

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian president’s spokesman says any US peace plan that bypasses the Palestinians is doomed to fail.
Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Saturday President Trump’s team is headed toward a dead end because they are not engaging the Palestinians or their positions. Abu Rudeneh says the US should “abandon the illusion that creating false facts and falsifying history are going to help it sell those illusions.”
Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner along with Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday in Jerusalem. The Trump administration is expected to unveil its Middle East peace plan shortly. Trump has promised to pursue the “ultimate deal.”
The Palestinians have shunned the Americans since Trump announced he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid ‘devastating conflict’

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. (REUTERS)
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UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid ‘devastating conflict’

  • More than 130 Palestinians have died so far during violent protests
  • Diplomats at the UN said there had not yet been a call for an urgent Security Council meeting to find ways to lower tensions

UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Saturday on Israelis and Palestinians to avoid “another devastating conflict” after resurgent violence claimed five lives on Friday.
“I am gravely concerned over the dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel,” he said in a statement. “It is imperative that all sides urgently step back from the brink of another devastating conflict.”
The recent violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war.
Four Palestinians and an Israeli soldier died in clashes Friday. More than 130 Palestinians have died so far during violent protests, and the Red Cross says more than 13,000 have been wounded.
“I call on Hamas and other Palestinian militants to cease the launching of rockets and incendiary kites and provocations” along the fence separating Israel from Gaza, Guterres said.
“And Israel must exercise restraint to avoid further inflaming the situation.”
He encouraged all parties to work with the UN to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, saying that it endangered lives on both sides while aggravating the “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza.
Diplomats at the UN said there had not yet been a call for an urgent Security Council meeting to find ways to lower tensions. A regular monthly meeting on the Middle East is on the council’s agenda for Tuesday.
A cease-fire with Israel, announced by Hamas, was generally being respected on Saturday. Egypt had brokered a cease-fire a week earlier.