Saeb Erekat is a Palestinian negotiator. The Palestinians and Jared Kushner, Trump son-in-law and ostensibly the man charged with attaining middle-east peace, have apparently not been talking much lately. Erekat explains why: “This White House needs giant statesmen, not real estate agents."
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I told him ‘look: if you do this [move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem], you will have disqualified yourself from any role in the peace process.’
He replied: ‘Don’t threaten me.’
I said ‘read my lips: you will have disqualified yourself from any role in the peace process.’
He said ‘you don’t know the changes that are happening around you in the Arab world.’
I told him, ‘the best thing for me is to be a student — so teach me.’
‘DON’T BE SARCASTIC,’ he shouted.
I said ‘I’m not being sarcastic. What do you mean by changes? Do you think Arab countries will open embassies in Tel Aviv and accept Jerusalem, with the Al-Aqsa mosque, as Israel’s capital?