Palestinians Irked at Trump

YERUSHALAYIM -

As pleased as pro-Israel voters might have been with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s pledge to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that if elected he will recognize Yerushalayim as the capital, that’s about how irked the Palestinians are.

PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat on Monday condemned Trump’s comment, saying it showed “disregard for international law.”

Erekat further accused Trump of “neglecting” international calls for a two-state solution.

“Previous statements delivered by [Trump’s] adviser on Israel show a total abandonment of the two-state solution, international law and U.N. resolutions,” Erekat asserted.

That advisor, David Friedman, recommended the 2016 Republican party platform in a closed meeting with a delegation of Israelis from the Shomron two weeks ago:

“I would invite people to compare 2016 to 2012. There is no longer any reference to a two-state solution. There is an affirmative statement that Israel is not an occupier with respect to Yehuda and Shomron.

“There is a commitment to recognize Yerushalayim as the undivided capital of the Jewish people. We’ll move the embassy there.”