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Presidency: 'US statement attempts to falsify history of Jerusalem'

Sept. 14, 2018 2:57 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 16, 2018 9:39 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Nabil Abu Rdeineh, spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency, said that the United States President's top adviser Jared Kushner's statement indicates that "(he) is unaware of the reality of the conflict, and is an attempt to mislead and falsify the history of Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian sanctities."

Abu Rdeineh condemned Kushner's statement that was made, on Thursday, to the New York Times, saying that the recent positions of the US administration "intoxicated" the Palestinian-US relations.

Kushner told the NY Times that Palestinian leaders "deserved to lose aid after vilifying the administration. And much of the money that the United States poured into the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and other Palestinian causes had been misspent anyway."

"Nobody is entitled to America's foreign aid," Kushner added.

Kushner also stressed that the "rift between the Palestinians and Washington was not unbridgeable, despite statements by top Palestinian officials that they will never again engage with Mr. Trump."

He continued, "Peace will only come through the two-state solution with East Jerusalem as capital of the State of Palestine, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the resolutions of the Arab summits. Continuing to deny the historical and religious facts of the Palestinian people will put the region at stake."

Abu Rdeineh pointed out that "the US understanding of things reflects an irresponsible policy that will lead to a destructive vacuum and pose a real threat to the international legal order."

He added that Palestinians will not give up to pressure or sanctions, and that the Palestinian people's resistance and their holding on to their rights will end all conspiracies.

"US trends are evidence of a blind bias for false concepts, and represent a complete failure of the US efforts that are not based on facts that can lead to a real and lasting peace."
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