A Palestinian official claims Abbas is furious at American demands, accuses the US of taking sides.
“US President Donald Trump is reportedly weighing whether to pull out of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations following a “tense” meeting with White House senior staff and officials in Ramallah, according to London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat on Saturday.
The al-Hayat report came just days after a meeting between the administration’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which was described as “tense” by an Abbas advisor present at the talks.
Abbas was supposedly furious with the president’s son-in-law after Kushner relayed Israeli demands to the 81-year-old Palestinian leader which included the immediate halt of payments to terrorists and their families.”
Well, that’s a good start, Jared, blowing up the meeting with Abbas by presenting Israeli demands before the Maqluba can even be served.
San Diego Jewish World has more details.
“A meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and senior White House official Jared Kushner reportedly left the Palestinian leader fuming and refusing to agree to watered-down Israeli demands that Ramallah cut off payments for some convicted terrorists and their families.
According to Palestinian sources quoted in Hebrew and Arabic media, Abbas and his advisers accused the US of taking Israel’s side and refused to agree to a demand to stop paying salaries to several hundred prisoners serving time for the most serious crimes.Kushner began his meeting with Abbas by stating all the Israeli concerns, including stopping the payments, according to Hebrew media reports, angering Abbas.”
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Well, if Jared couldn’t get it done it must be impossible. https://t.co/5BUT2J7pNz
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 24, 2017
Well, if Jared couldnÃ¢ÂÂt get it done it must be impossible. https://t.co/5BUT2J7pNz
Ã¢ÂÂ Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 24, 2017