Pales­tini­ans say will not suc­cumb to US ‘black­mail’

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The Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity hit out at the US ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “blind bias to­ward false per­cep­tions” in the Mid­dle East, ac­cus­ing Wash­ing­ton of fol­low­ing a pol­icy of black­mail.

The US ad­min­is­tra­tion re­cently adopted a se­ries of puni­tive mea­sures against Pales­tini­ans, block­ing money to mil­lions of refugees in the oc­cu­pied West Bank and the be­sieged Gaza Strip, Press TV re­ported.

“The Amer­i­can per­cep­tion of mat­ters re­flects an ir­re­spon­si­ble pol­icy that will lead to a de­struc­tive void and pose a real dan­ger to the in­ter­na­tional le­gal sys­tem,” Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity spokesman Na­bil Abu Rudeineh said.

The of­fi­cial took aim at US pres­i­den­tial ad­viser Jared Kush­ner, say­ing his claims that the puni­tive mea­sures would not hurt chances for a peace deal in the Mid­dle East showed his ig­no­rance.

Kush­ner told The New York Times on Fri­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump had ac­tu­ally im­proved the chances for peace by block­ing the aid and strip­ping away “false re­al­i­ties” in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries.

Kush­ner also de­fended Trump’s de­ci­sion to rec­og­nize Al-quds as the so­called cap­i­tal of Is­rael and re­lo­cate the US Em­bassy from Tel Aviv to the ex­tremely sen­si­tive city.

“There were too many false re­al­i­ties that were cre­ated – that peo­ple wor­ship – that I think needed to be changed,” Kush­ner said.

“All we’re do­ing is deal­ing with things as we see them and not be­ing scared out of do­ing the right thing. I think, as a re­sult, you have a much higher chance of ac­tu­ally achiev­ing a real peace,” he added.

Abu Rudeineh said Kush­ner’s state­ments “stem from ig­no­rance of the re­al­ity of the con­flict” be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans who are push­ing for an in­de­pen­dent state with Al-quds as its cap­i­tal.

Abu Rudeineh said that there can be no peace with­out a Pales­tinian state, with East Al-quds be­com­ing its cap­i­tal on the ba­sis of UN and Arab sum­mit res­o­lu­tions about the Mid­dle East con­flict.

The spokesman said Wash­ing­ton’s ef­forts to deny the his­toric and re­li­gious truths of the Pales­tinian peo­ple will place the re­gion in a wind­ward, but that Pales­tini­ans are de­ter­mined to thwart “all con­spir­a­cies.”

Pales­tini­ans, Abu Rudeineh said, will “not suc­cumb to pres­sure or sanc­tions or any pol­icy of black­mail.”

The Pales­tinian For­eign Min­istry also hit out at Kush­ner and US Mid­dle East en­voy Ja­son Green­blatt, say­ing they were “wast­ing their time in writ­ing short ‘id­i­otic state­ments’ on so­cial me­dia that il­lus­trate their to­tal ig­no­rance” of Pales­tini­ans and the con­flict.

The min­istry said what the US ad­min­is­tra­tion needs now is to in­ter­vene and stop Is­rael from de­mol­ish­ing the Be­douin shan­ty­town of Khan al-ah­mar in the oc­cu­pied West Bank.

“We be­lieve that nei­ther Kush­ner nor Green­blatt would have the guts to take such a step be­cause that would con­tra­vene with their hos­tile po­si­tions to­ward the rights of our peo­ple,” the min­istry said.

YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS

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