Their lead negotiator said the Palestinians “did not mandate anyone to negotiate on our behalf.
Saeb Erekat referred to Jason Greenblatt and U.S. Ambassador David Friedman as “spokespeople for the Israeli occupation.” Then Greenblatt fired back.
“Nikki Haley needs to shut up and realize that the Palestinian leadership is not the problem,” Saeb Erekat said of the American ambassador to the U.N.
Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat blamed Trump for creating the conflict, stressing that “our peace will not be at any price.”
Saeb Erekat is only 62. He requires oxygen and can no longer walk.
Opponents of Friedman trying to raise support in Senate for blocking his confirmation have yet to get the Democrats on board.
The chief Palestinian negotiator expects Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next Israeli government and has declared that the Palestinians in turn will push forward with legal efforts at the International Criminal Court.
Hillel International President Eric Fingerhut was aware of who would speak at a J Street conference before he confirmed his attendance, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group said.
Eric Fingerhut, the president of Hillel International, is withdrawing from speaking at J Street’s annual conference because of the presence of Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian negotiator.
The Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest terms yet plans to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years, even if it means ignoring pleas from the United States not to push ahead.