Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat 311 (R).
(photo credit: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)
Palestinians reacted with deep disappointment to US President Barack Obama’s
speech on Sunday at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington,
particularly because he did not make any reference to the Palestinian
The Palestinians said that Obama’s speech in support of Israel was
clearly intended to win the backing of American Jews ahead of the US
presidential election later this year.
They added that Obama’s continued
support for Israel showed that the US can no longer play the role of a neutral
and honest mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
negotiator Saeb Erekat voiced “deep regret” over the speech.
during a meeting with American Consul-General Daniel Rubinstein in Jerusalem
that the US should stop treating Israel as a state above the law.
demanded that the US administration force Israel to fulfill its obligations
toward the peace process. Neither Israel nor the US could ignore the Palestinian
issue, he said.
“Any party that talks about peace in the Middle East
should oblige the Israeli government to fulfill its commitments to the peace
process,” Erekat said.