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.


US-backed Syria offensive kills 35 Daesh fighters: monitor

Updated 20 October 2018
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US-backed Syria offensive kills 35 Daesh fighters: monitor

BEIRUT: An offensive by US-backed forces against Daesh’s last redoubt in eastern Syria killed 35 militants on Saturday, a Britain-based war monitor said.
Twenty-eight Daesh members were killed in air strikes by the US-led coalition around the town of Hajjin, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Another seven militants were killed in ground fighting with the Syrian Democratic Forces, who launched a coalition-backed offensive against the Daesh-held pocket in the Euphrates Valley last month.
Fighting has killed 414 militants and 227 SDF fighters in total since the assault began on September 10, the Observatory said.
Coalition air strikes on Daesh targets in another part of the pocket on Thursday and Friday killed at least 41 civilians, 10 of them children, the monitor said.
Daesh overran large swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, proclaiming a “caliphate” across the land it controlled.
But the militant group has since lost most of its territory to various offensives in both countries.
In Syria, its presence has been reduced to parts of the vast Badia desert and the Hajjin pocket in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor near the Iraqi border.
Syria’s war has killed more than 360,000 people since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.