Erekat attacks Obama for wanting to pursue 'lasting peace' between Israel and 'Palestinians'
In an interview with the 'Voice of Palestine,' 'Palestinian' chief
In stead of embracing Obama’s wish to establish a lasting peace, Arekat attacked the US President and said his words were rhetoric.
He also said that there is a horrible defect in Arab-US ties. The PLO leader stated that if Obama wants his visit to the Middle East to be a success ‘his assignment should include meeting the requirements of peace including a halt of settlement actions, the release of detainees and that Netanyahu accepts the two-state solution on the pre-1967 border’.But don't think Obama will learn anything by being smacked down yet again. The US has pledged that it will pony up $700 million in aid money for the 'poor Palestinians.'
A source in the PA said the US consul general Michael Ratney reaffirmed his country’s desire to help the PA overcome its financial crisis through resuming financial support before President Obama’s visit to the region next month.
The same source said the US consul also said his country would pressure Arab and donor countries to commit to their obligations towards the PA and not to allow it to collapse. Palestinian sources say the US State Department is working to convince Congress to approve the release of around $700 million in aid to the Palestinians for last and this year including $200 million in direct support to the budget. (source: Al Quds)Poor Hussein Obama can't even get the 'Palestinians' to accept his gifts. Look for him to up the ante. What could go wrong?