‘We Have No Option but to Suspend Recognition of Israel’, Says Erekat

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat. (Photo: Al Jazeera Screen Capture)

The secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee has stressed that the Palestinians have no option but to suspend recognition of Israel, Thenewkhalij.org reported on Tuesday.

Saeb Erekat made his comment in response to reports that US President Donald Trump might participate in the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem in May.

Trump met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington and told him that he might take part in the opening ceremony.

“President Trump wanted to isolate Jerusalem,” said Erekat, “but he has isolated the US. We have no option but to suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the state of Palestine.”

On December 6 last year, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the “eternal” capital of the state of Israel.

He followed this breach of international law by saying that he will move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel in Palestine, an event which the Palestinians call the Nakba (“Catastrophe”).

The PLO recognized Israel officially in 1993, but Israel has yet to offer formal recognition of Palestine.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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