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Hamas responded: “This decision will not deter us from continuing the resistance option to expel the occupation."
Erekat said the speech by Pence “has proven that the U.S. administration is part of the problem, rather than the solution.”
Palestinian Authority Leadership Condemns Historic US Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
"This is the most dangerous decision that any U.S. president has ever taken."
Erekat was condemned in the past for praising the assassin of Israeli Minister Rehavam Zeevi and for paying a condolence visit to the family of a PA Arab who opened fire at an IDF check post.
“His comments. . . should not be read as a way to prejudge the outcome of any negotiations that the U.S. would have with the Israelis and the Palestinians."
The trip is taking place as part of the dissolution of Gaza’s administrative committee, brokered with Hamas by Egypt.
"In recent months there has been a major deterioration in my situation," Erekat said. "I need oxygen and have difficulty walking, and every day I expect two lungs to be implanted."
The US Consulate—rather than the US embassy in Tel Aviv—said the US-run talks are the best way to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.
Erekat suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, diagnosed over a year ago.
Greenblatt joined the Quartet in discussing concerns over the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and current efforts to resolve the crisis.
Gaza residents talked about peace and the economy in their meeting Wednesday with Greenblatt, and how they see their own situation.
The PA fear that accepting the American ambassador to Israel at the meetings would undermine their independent diplomatic status with the American administration.
"But in order to achieve our state, the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem must be a single territorial unit."
A senior PA official said Abbas refuses to meet the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman because of his well documented support for the settlements, for which Kushner and Greenblatt rebuked the Chairman during their meeting.
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat Condemns Israeli Cabinet Meeting, ‘Illegal Decisions’ at Western Wall
Erekat claims Israel is deliberately sabotaging international efforts to revive the peace process and working to annex Judea and Samaria.
Greenblatt called the meeting a 'positive, far-ranging exchange about the current situation.'
Friedman: As Ambassador I will represent this administration's policies not my own; and I will welcome all Americans, of every political view, when they visit Israel.
The PLO equated President Trump's remarks with an outright rejection of the peace process rather than the attempt to formulate a new approach that it was clearly meant to be.
The CIA director was in the Middle East last week shuttling between Riyadh and Ankara prior to his meeting in Ramallah.
PLO leader Saeb Erekat is hoping this time he'll be able to pressure the ICC into investigating Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria.
Claims that Trump administration caved to Arab pressure over the embassy move constitute fake news.
Kerry advised Erekat the PA should ask for parameters to a forced permanent solution, after discussion with the Saudis, who a few years ago had advanced a two-state based Middle East peace resolution.
Erekat has raised the flame under his attacks on Israel for its audacious killing of Arab terrorists, looking to link it in the Europeans' minds the horror Arab terrorists are inflicting on their civilian population.