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Erekat: 'Trump administration part of the problem, not the solution'

Oct. 19, 2018 11:36 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 21, 2018 2:09 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, slammed the United States' decision to merge the US Consulate General, which serves Palestinians, with its new embassy into a single diplomatic mission in Jerusalem.

Erekat said in a press release that "The Trump Administration is making clear that it is working together with the Israeli Government to impose greater Israel rather than the two-state solution on the 1967 border."

"The US administration has fully endorsed the Israeli narrative, including on Jerusalem, Refugees and Settlements."

Erekat also stressed that the US decision "to end the existence of the US Consulate therefore has nothing to do with 'efficiency' and a lot to do with pleasing an ideological US team that is willing to disband the foundations of American Foreign Policy, and of the international system, in order to reward Israeli violations and crimes."

Erekat referred to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement in which he said that "This decision is driven by our global efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations."

"Palestine will not be silenced and will take the necessary steps in response whilst reaffirming the fact that the US cannot play any role in peacemaking. The Trump administration is part of the problem, not part of the solution."

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