PA President Mahmoud Abbas 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)
NEW YORK – Palestinian Authority officials expressed deep regret and anger over US President Barack Obama’s speech at the UN on Wednesday and reiterated the PA’s position for agreeing to the resumption of peace talks with Israel.
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They said that despite Obama’s opposition, the PA would go ahead with its plan to submit a request for full membership of a Palestinian state to the Security Council on Thursday.
Some of the PA officials described Obama’s speech as a “stab in the back” to the Palestinians.
“We are ready to return to the negotiations as soon as Israel agrees to
stop construction in the settlements and accepts the 1967 borders as the
reference for the peace talks,” Nabil Abu Rudaineh, a spokesman for PA
President Mahmoud Abbas said in response to Obama’s speech.
But while Abbas’s spokesman was careful not to criticize Obama in
public, other members of the PA delegation accompanying the PA president
to New York strongly condemned the US Administration’s stance toward
the statehood bid.
One official told The Jerusalem Post
that Obama “has in fact endorsed [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu’s policy.”
The Palestinians don’t consider Obama a friend and today he once again
proved that he is afraid of Netanyahu and the Jewish lobby, the official
Another official said that Abbas was “very disappointed” by Obama’s
speech. “President Abbas said he can’t understand why Obama has changed
his position regarding a Palestinian state,” he told the Post
all, it was President Obama himself who said in last year’s address to
the UN that an independent and sovereign Palestinian state would be
established by the next UN meeting this year.”