Erekat Takes Snide Swipe at Trump

RAMALLAH (AP) -
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Saeb Erekat (Amir Levy/Flash90, File)

A senior Palestinian official has lashed out at President Donald Trump, saying “real-estate men” can’t resolve the Middle East conflict.

The remarks of Saeb Erekat, a veteran Palestinian Authority negotiator, came as the White House is expected to unveil soon a long-awaited peace plan.

Erekat says the White House “should be run by great men, not real-estate men,” and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “won’t be solved by the tools of real-estate men,” a reference to Trump’s Mideast envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.

Erekat also said the Palestinian Authority will continue its payments to the families of jailed or slain Palestinian terrorists, after Israel passed a law this week withholding millions in taxes it collects for the Palestinians that are allocated for that purpose.