Palestinians Channel Futility on Poland Conference

RAMALLAH (AP) -
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, speaks with former Israeli Knesset member Ran Cohen in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinians have not been invited to next week’s Mideast conference in Poland and have no desire to participate unless the U.S. changes its policies.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Wednesday that current American policies will “only lead to futile results.”

The U.S. and Poland are sponsoring the Feb. 13-14 conference, which they say is aimed at promoting peace and security in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans on attending.

The Palestinians accuse the Trump administration of being unfairly biased in favor of Israel. They say they will reject a planned U.S. peace initiative unless it endorses an independent Palestinian state with east Yerushalayim as its capital.