U.S. Ambassador David Friedman says he did not call to replace Abbas

On Thursday, Friedman clarified his comments in a tweet.

March 29, 2018 15:19
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U.S. Ambassador David Friedman says he did not call to replace Abbas

US AMBASSADOR to Israel David Friedman.. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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JERUSALEM — US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said reports about an interview in which he suggested that the White House was waiting for someone to replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas misrepresented his comments.

The interview will be published in Shevi’i, a Religious-Zionist newspaper that comes out on Fridays. Excerpts of the interview were released on Wednesday.

“If Abu Mazen is not interested in negotiating, I am sure that someone else will want to,” Friedman said in the released excerpts. Abu Mazen is Abbas’s nom de guerre. “If Abbas creates a vacuum, I am convinced that someone else will fill it, and then we will move forward” with the peace process.

On Thursday, Friedman clarified his comments in a tweet.

“I was misquoted in various reports stemming from an interview that published today. The United States is not seeking ‘to replace’ Mahmoud Abbas. It is for the Palestinian people to choose its leadership,” the tweet said.

Abbas’s five-year term as head of the Palestinian Authority ended in 2009; no new elections have been called and he remains in his post.

Abbas cut ties with Friedman and US peace negotiators in December, when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said he would move the US embassy there. The embassy move is slated to take place next month.

The Trump administration reportedly has delayed the announcement of a Middle East peace plan over this move.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas cuts off ties with Israel

Earlier this month Abbas underwent a checkup at an American hospital amid reports that he is in ill health.

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