As usual, Abbas is being Abbas
Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas delivered an ultimatum Tuesday, saying that unless Israel cancels tenders announced earlier Tuesday on 20,000 new homes in Judea and Samaria he would end the ongoing peace talks.
PA negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP that he had been given the job of passing the ultimatum to the Arab League as well as the US, EU, Russia, and UN.
Israel's newly announced building plans elicited a similarly negative response from America. US State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki expressed "deep concern," adding "we were surprised by this announcement and are currently seeking further explanation from the government of Israel."
Psaki furthermore echoed US Secretary of State John Kerry's position that the US deems Jewish building in Judea and Samaria as "illegitimate."
In essence both the PA and US have called for a de facto Jewish building freeze during the ongoing peace talks despite the supposed absence of such preconditions.
The aggravating part is that the Israeli government is likely to cave to this atrocious demand and not show the courage to make clear that this is a national right and undemocratic to demand they cease. It requires some serious response. As for Abbas, he can go to hell for all I care.
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