Erekat: President Trump has closed the doors to peace

NEW YORK, Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump has closed the doors to peace.

Erekat was reacting to Trump’s speech at the opening session of United Nations General Assembly.

“President Trump has confirmed that his administration has closed the doors to peace and cannot play a role in peacemaking by stating that his decision to move his embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, in violation of Security Council resolution 478, was a ‘recognition of reality’,” said Erekat in a statement. “Rather, what his administration did, and continues to do, is to reward and incentivize violations of international law, colonization, war crimes, and apartheid.”

Erekat also lashed out at Trump for his rejection of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“His rejection of the International Criminal Court is a rejection of international law,” he said.

“It should be noted that Israel, the occupying power, did not implement any of the UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. The reality today is that due to the one-sided pro-Israel decisions of the US administration, peace between Palestinians and Israelis have been derailed. Peace is a real need for both Palestinians, Israelis and the people of the region, and can be achieved with the realization of the two states solution, the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, to live in peace and security side by side the state of Israel on the 1967 borders,” Erekat concluded his statement.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency