Last week the Hamas terrorist group and Fatah announced that they had agreed to reconcile and will begin discussing the formation of a unity government. The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel. As a response to this news, Israel cancelled peace talkswith the Palestinians.
On Friday US secretary of State John Kerry warned that the absence of a peace deal with Palestinians could lead Israel towards an apartheid-style situation.
He made the comments on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It was the first time a senior United States official has used the word “apartheid” to describe Israel.
Today the Palestinians already repeated the charge against Israel.
YNet News reported:
The chief Palestinian negotiator blamed Israel for the crisis in the US-led negotiations, as the agreed-upon deadline for the nine-months of talks passed Tuesday, and accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of consolidating an apartheid regime.
Saeb Erekat, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ chief delegate to the negotiations with Israel said, “We believe that the international community must clarify to Israel that it’s choice of settlements and apartheid over peace will have political, legal, and financial ramifications.”
The senior Palestinian official accused the Netanyahu administration of misrepresenting its position in the negotiations: “The Israeli government, which is essentially a coalition which represents the extreme sectors of Israeli society – mainly the settlers – has never prioritized peace as a strategic objective.”
Erekat expressed cynicism of the current round of talks and of Israeli intentions during the period of negotiations: “Exactly nine months ago, the Palestine Liberation Organization, in light of the extraordinary efforts deployed by US Secretary of State John Kerry, decided to enter nine months of negotiations with the Israeli government, in order to reach a final status agreement.
Kerry’s gaffe is already proving to be a diplomatic disaster.