“We hope that Arabs don’t go,” Mr. Shtayyeh mentioned. “Now, we all know additionally that there are international locations who’re underneath severe stress. Some can afford the stress, and a few can’t afford the stress.”
Requested why Palestinians didn’t defy expectations and attend the Bahrain convention, if solely to disprove Israeli and American critics who name them rejectionist, Mr. Shtayyeh mentioned the authority was not invited, however argued that to take part in any a part of the Trump course of can be to fall right into a entice.
He cited a litany of strikes by the Trump administration that favored Israel, together with strikes to strip tens of millions of Palestinians of their refugee standing, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and abandoning the pursuit of a two-state resolution based mostly on the June 1967 armistice strains.
“We all know the political agenda,” he mentioned. “They’re saying no to refugees. They’re saying no to Jerusalem. They’re saying no to 2 states. They don’t seem to be respecting ’67 borders. And if this financial observe is a part of the general bundle, what are we accepting? If we’re there, folks will use our presence there to capitalize on that.”
Broadly talking, Mr. Shtayyeh described the Trump administration’s strikes as recklessly tampering with the established order, and the Palestinian response as completely rational.
“The USA is doing a really harmful factor,” he mentioned. “We and the Israelis have agreed that Jerusalem is a negotiation subject. Now the US is taking it off the desk.” The identical for refugees and Jewish settlements on the West Financial institution, he mentioned: “The Individuals didn’t even make one single assertion in opposition to these settlements, and they’re saying they’re there to remain.”
“We’re not rejectionist,” he mentioned. “Our drawback is that we all know. There are such a lot of people who find themselves blind, however we all know — we all know the place they’re taking us. I’ll inform you, this American design of this blackmail technique, it would by no means yield. There are individuals who assume, in Washington, sadly, that Palestinians must be defeated, in order that they give up, in order that they settle for.”