Saeb Erekat 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
A senior Palestinian official said Sunday that the US should be ashamed over its veto of a UN resolution condemning settlement construction in the West Bank.
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Senior PLO negotiator Nabil Shaath said Friday's vote "proved that Israel is isolated internationally and is only protected by the American veto."
The Security Council voted 14-0 in favor of the resolution, but the US used its veto power to reject the measure.
Shaath said that the Palestinians plan "large demonstrations" throughout the West Bank on Friday to express their anger at the US.
Earlier on Sunday, senior Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erekat criticized the US for its veto
saying that America's support of democratic change in the region stops
at "the gates of Palestine," Israel Radio reported.
called for renewed examination of the Palestinian Authority and land
transfers to Israelis. He commented that the Palestinian Authority has
become inefficient in light of ongoing occupation by Israel of the West
Bank, and that the Palestinian leadership should examine all pending
issues, including negotiations, with Israel.
Speaking about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Erekat said that he wields complete control, and that he is working solely to embed the occupation deeper.
The US government will not cut aid to the Palestinian Authority, he continued, because the US understands Netanyahu will be responsible for the Palestinian territories after the authority is dissolved.
According Erekat, the vote in the UN Friday over the settlement freeze showed the US how Israel has become a burden on American interests, and that more danger lies in supporting Netanyahu than Ahmadinejad in Iran.
Palestinian Public Works Minister Mohammad Shtayeh slammed America's
veto of the UN resolution, saying "It will be hard for the Arab street
to believe that America supports democracy after Obama's position was
revealed by the US's veto [of a settlement freeze]. I don't think that
the American threats to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority will be in
beneficial to American or Israeli interests."
In an interview with Palestinian Arabic-language news daily Maan
Shtayeh also spoke about relations between Hamas and the West Bank
authority, which have been bitter rivals since Hamas was elected to
power in Gaza in 2006, saying that "A unity state could very well be
achieved within the year. The invitation is serious and I hope that
Hamas will not miss the chance."