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Erekat: Israeli media report on PA officials 'cheap' trick

June 28, 2015 8:26 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2015 3:07 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said a report by Israeli media on Palestinian Authority officials' days spent abroad is a “cheap” Israeli technique, and is proof of the success of the PA’s diplomatic efforts.

His statement came shortly after the Israeli state media Reshet Bet website reported on Sunday that a number of senior PA officials spend more time abroad than in Palestine, withsome spending 150 to 170 days in "fancy hotels" abroad every year.

Erekat told local radio station Raya that the numbers published by the Israeli news source are correct, saying that “we work around the clock in all five continents to defend our cause and expose the Israeli crimes against our people."

"The Palestinian leadership roams the world so the world can listen to our narrative from us and not the Israeli narrative on us," he added.

Erekat said he personally receives invitations from international and academic organizations with covered expenses and has had to reject some of them.

Senior Fatah official, Nabil Shaath told Raya that Israel deliberately used the information for the purpose of defamation, referring to the alleged move as an “old Mossad trick.”

Shaath added that his work as an international relations commissioner, requires him to be present internationally according to his “national duties."

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Outlier / USA
Based on salaries, travel and ineffectiveness, the expensive trick - an not treat - is Palestinian leadership.
29/06/2015 18:06
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