Despite the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority has decided to reject an invitation to attend a meeting about the crisis at the White House. The meeting is set to take place on Tuesday and will focus on finding “real solutions to the problems that Hamas has caused,” according to senior US official Jason Greenblatt.
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The Palestinian Authority has decided to turn down an invitation from the White House to participate in a summit regarding the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The rejection is the latest move by the Palestinians that demonstrates their opposition to US President Donald Trump’s decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move America’s embassy to the holy city in May.
A senior PLO official announced the decision to turn down the White House invitation during an interview with a Palestinian radio station, Hadashot news reported Sunday. According to him, the Trump administration knows that the cause of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is Israel’s policy toward the coastal enclave and that only a political solution can resolve the issue.
Trump’s special representative to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, mentioned the summit, slated for Tuesday, in an op-ed in The Washington Post last week. “In response to the burgeoning humanitarian situation in Gaza, key countries and stakeholders are preparing to act: There was a meeting in Cairo on Thursday, and there will be a brainstorming session at the White House next week to find real solutions to the problems that Hamas has caused,” he wrote.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the 2018 AIPAC policy conference that Israel is committed to achieving peace with the Palestinians. “President Trump has made it clear that he is committed to peace. I have made it clear that I am committed to peace,” he explained. “But to get peace, to get peace [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas has to embrace peace and to stop supporting terror.”