Fatah official calls US mediator Indyk ‘Zionist looking after Israeli interests’

Abbas Zaki says PA determined to apply for membership at UN agencies despite US pressure.

By
April 6, 2014 07:04
1 minute read.
Martin Indyk

Martin Indyk 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A senior Fatah official in the West Bank on Saturday launched a scathing attack on US envoy Martin Indyk, who has been making efforts to salvage the peace talks with Israel.

Indyk is a “Zionist defending Israeli interests,” Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said in a posting on his Facebook page.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Zaki’s comments came shortly after Indyk held another meeting with chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat in Ramallah in an attempt to persuade the Palestinian Authority leadership to suspend its bid to join international institutions and treaties.

Zaki, a former Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon, said that the PA leadership was determined to apply for membership in United Nations agencies despite US pressure.

He accused the US of “reading matters through the eyes of Likud.”

The PA leadership was working with “high spirits and has been able to expose US incompetence in the face of Israeli extremists,” Zaki said. “The Israelis are mistaken if they think that we would trade our cause for the release of 30 prisoners.”

A Fatah spokesman said in response that Zaki’s remarks do not represent the faction’s official position.



A PA official in Ramallah said the US was pursuing its efforts in an attempt to avoid a breakdown of the peace talks.

The official said that Indyk and Erekat, who met on Friday, discussed ways of ensuring the continuation of the peace talks.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry phoned PA President Mahmoud Abbas and discussed with him the crisis in the peace talks.

Abbas rejected Kerry’s request to suspend Palestinian efforts to join 15 international organizations and conventions, Palestinian sources said.

Mahmoud Aloul, another senior Fatah official, said over the weekend that the PA leadership would not capitulate to “outside pressure and blackmail.”

The Palestinians would not backtrack on their latest bid to join international bodies and treaties, Aloul said.

“American and Israeli talk about sanctions against the Palestinian Authority do not scare us and won’t weaken us,” he said.

Aloul criticized the US for being “biased in favor of Israel.”

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN