Palestinian peace negotiator tells Nikki Haley to 'shut up'

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Palestinian peace negotiator tells Nikki Haley to 'shut up'

Erekat said that Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his envoy's incendiary comments was tantamount to staging a "coup" against the "Palestinian political system".

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council last week that Abbas lacked 'the courage and the will to seek peace.

"Nikki Haley needs to shut up and realize that the Palestinian leadership is not the problem", Erekat said.

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Bern on Saturday against the U.S. decision to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Zionist regime and move its embassy there.

Nabil Shaath, advisor to Palestinian Authority head (PA) Mahmoud Abbas for external affairs and worldwide relations, affirmed that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is collecting signatures from Japanese parliamentarians to demand that the government recognize Palestine. In 1993, as part of the Oslo Accords, the PLO recognized Israel's right to exist in peace, accepted United Nations Security Council resolutions, and "rejected" "violence and terrorism". "I'm not saying that we don't make mistakes; every society and every government makes mistakes", Erekat said.

"The Palestinian leadership has told the Americans and Israelis that, even after 1,000 years, they will not find any Palestinian who will collaborate with their scheme", Erekat said.

Last month the PLO's Central Council called on the Executive Committee to suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the state of Palestine and halts the building of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land. A significant majority of Palestinians want Abbas to resign.

The Palestinian President's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudainah, dismissed yesterday 'a senior U.S. official's statement claiming that President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected to return to the negotiating table, describing the statement as 'irresponsible and as 'an outrageous incitement.

"We don't seek a confrontation or a fight with the USA administration", Erekat said.

"Japan supports the formation of a new worldwide framework for managing the peace process, breaking free from USA monopoly over it", Shaath stated.

When we asked for a new global mechanism for the talks, this did not mean that we had given up our commitment to talks as a means to achieve peace with Israel.

White House officials, however, have said they plan to publish an American plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and believe it will appeal to the Palestinians.

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