The optics of a brutish Palestinian male Muslim publicly disparaging our engaging US Ambassador Nikki Haley, may play well in the riot-torn streets of Palestine, where woman are considered second-class citizens.
However here in the United States where it counts (especially at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue), Saeb Erekat’s outburst on Saturday telling Haley to “shut up” is perhaps the dumbest move a top PLO official can make, in that this isn’t 2011 when then President Obama actually criticized Israel for not redrawing its borders along 1967 lines, in essence giving back the land it won during the Arab-Israeli war, which began because of overt Arab aggression.
This is 2018 where no one apologizes for being American any longer and Erekat’s baseless accusations saying that the US is pushing for a Palestinian “coup” is simply the ranting of a disgruntled Palestinian suddenly realizing that the “blame America game” of the Obama years are over.
Erekat’s remarks accusing the Trump administration of trying to depose the Palestinian leadership in a “coup” and then telling the “impudent” US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley she should “shut up” with her criticism of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, doesn’t make for smart negotiations, especially when the president has already referenced the massive foreign aid we generously give the Palestinian leader.
Erekat said that Haley’s “impudence” has gone as far as calling for removing Abbas from power.
“She called for overthrowing the democratically elected Palestinian president,” Erekat complained in an interview with the Palestinian Al-Watan Voice news website.
The incident that apparently fueled Erekat rage was an address by Haley during a UN Security Council meeting on December 18th 2017, in which our US Ambassador to the UN said; “President Abbas declared the landmark Oslo Peace Accords dead. He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American President. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th century to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers.”
Haley continued; “I ask here today, where is the Palestinian King Hussein? Where is the Palestinian Anwar Sadat,” she said, referring to the Jordanian and Egyptian leaders who made peace with Israel. “If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it. His recent actions demonstrate the total opposite.”
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Source: Times of Israel