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Erekat says Trump administration ‘part of the problem, not part of the solution’

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat blasts the Trump administration ahead of today’s ceremony opening the US embassy in Jerusalem, saying Trump had violated a promise to hold off on moving the embassy to give peace talks a chance and that his administration is “based on lies.”

Erekat says the Trump administration has “become part of the problem, not part of the solution.” He suggested Trump’s Mideast team is unqualified, saying “the world needs real leaders, and those [White House officials] are real estate dealers, not leaders.”

Administration officials have dismissed Palestinian criticism, portraying the embassy opening as an essential step toward an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. However, they have not said how they will move forward without the Palestinians.

— with AP

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