In an interview with Sky News Arabic Channel, US Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt cautioned Israel and the Palestinians against rejecting President Trump’s Mideast peace deal, and also dismissed using the term “two-state solution”
Greenblatt said that both sides will lose an opportunity for peace if they both do not accept the agreement. He signaled out the Palestinians during the interview by noting that they have already begun to rebuff the proposal without even having seen it.
Days ago, the new Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Mohammed Shtayyeh, already called the upcoming peace deal as “born dead”.
Greenblatt took to Twitter after the comment, “Why does the new PA Prime Minister hope for our plan to be ‘born dead’ & for peace to fail? By working with us, perhaps something wonderful can happen for Palestinians. We’ve repeatedly said this won’t just be an economic plan.”
“PM (Mohammad) Shtayyeh, starting a new job by condemning a plan you haven’t seen is unfair to Palestinians. You have an obligation to first look at an opportunity before you dismiss it. The PA can continue to push us away, but that will do nothing to improve the lives of the Palestinians,” Greenblatt said.
Last week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas also offered the same sentiment as his new PM. “We opposed this deal in the first place because it took Al-Quds out of Palestine, so we did not want the rest of the plan because there is no state without Al-Quds, and there will be neither a state in Gaza nor a state without Gaza.”
“Why does President Trump want to talk about any solution or any issue after he transferred the embassy to Al-Quds and recognized Al-Quds as the capital of Israel? Therefore, I don’t think there is any sense in talking with him,” Abbas said.