PLO official says Israel has rejected peace

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi fumes at Israeli diplomat's "verbal and actual rejection of the two-state solution and hence peace."

June 16, 2013 21:13
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Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

hanan ashrawi 370. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Recent political statements made by Israeli officials, had PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi fuming in a press release on Sunday afternoon.

Ashrawi attacked Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's assertion that the much-debated Arab League Peace Initiative is "just spin."

"Such statements from Israeli officials, in addition to Israel's actions on the ground, are the essence of the nature of this government and a clear negative response to (US Secretary of State John) Kerry's initiatives," Ashrawi said.

The PLO member also contested Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's recent peace talk overtures toward Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, saying she does not buy in to "the deceptive mirage created by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's manipulative spin."

"Given this overwhelming evidence of Israel's verbal and actual rejection of the two-state solution and hence peace, it is imperative that the US and the international community as a whole start dealing with reality rather than fiction, Ashrawi said.

She charged the US and international community "to cease its policy of 'see no evil, hear no evil.'"

Ashrawi has been out-spoken advocate of defending Palestinian rights. During this year's 46th anniversary of the Six Day War, she called for the world to recognize the Palestinians as a nation with "east Jerusalem as its capital."

Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.

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