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PA: Israel’s mediation between Russia, Ukraine is ‘a mockery of international politics’

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh holds a briefing with foreign press at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 10, 2021. (Abbas Momani/AFP)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh holds a briefing with foreign press at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 10, 2021. (Abbas Momani/AFP)

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh calls Israel’s attempt to mediate between Russia and Ukraine “a mockery of international politics.”

“It’s a mockery of international politics that Israel, an occupying state, is attempting to be a mediator to end the crisis in Ukraine,” Shtayyeh tells cabinet ministers during their weekly meeting.

Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the two main Palestinian factions, have avoided taking any stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Many Palestinians identify with the Ukrainians and have sought to draw parallels between the invasion and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

“We hope that the war will come to end in a way that ensures international security and safety, and protects civilians, who are the victims of wars,” Shtayyeh says, avoiding accusing Russia of invading Ukraine.

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