RAMALLAH, April 25 (JMCC) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas last week delivered a sharp critique of US president Barack Obama's policies on the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, reports the
US magazine Newsweek
Abbas told journalist Dan Ephron, touring Europe with the Palestinian leader, that Obama had crafted the policy of demanding a settlement freeze from Israel, but then failed to back it up.
“It was Obama who suggested a full settlement freeze,” Abbas explained. “I said OK, I accept. We both went up the tree. After that, he came down with a ladder and he removed the ladder and said to me, jump. Three times he did it.” Abbas also criticized the mediation efforts of Obama’s special envoy, George Mitchell, who has shuttled between Israelis and Palestinians for more than two years. “Every visit by Mitchell, we talked to him and gave him some ideas. At the end we discovered that he didn’t convey any of these ideas to the Israelis. What does it mean?”
Palestinians have refused to engage in bilateral talks with Israel as long as it continues settlement construction in territory occupied by Israel in 1967.