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Wanted: a Palestinian peace partner

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 10:35 am

In the aftermath of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was one of the first world leaders to criticize and condemn the move. Then, Abbas went further. His office announced there would be no meetings with Vice President Mike Pence on his visit to the Middle East.

Shortly thereafter, at a meeting of Islamic leaders in Turkey, Abbas called Trump’s decision a “crime” and ruled out a U.S. role in peacemaking with Israel. He said the United Nations should take over as mediator, since the Palestinians no longer considered the United States an honest broker. The epilogue of that move came on Monday, when a majority of the U.N. Security Council voted to annul Trump’s announcement. The measure failed only because of the United States’ veto. Also on Monday, Pence postponed his trip.

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