White House Accuses Abbas of ‘Preventing Peace’ With Criticism

Netanyahu Condemns Abbas for Not Endorsing Trump's Jerusalem Declaration

One week after President Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, pretty much the entire planet has had the opportunity to comment on the matter, and they have, apart from Israel, uniformly criticized Trump’s move as a threat to peace efforts.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was, unsurprisingly, among the first to criticize Trump’s move, questioning how the US could possibly be the broker for peace after such a declaration on a key final status issue. The White House, reflecting their recent strategy of angry outbursts at anyone who publicly disagrees with them, is condemning Abbas on Wednesday, accusing him of having “prevented peace for years.”

The White House added that Trump remains “committed” to reaching a peace deal in Israel-Palestine, despite the Jerusalem move, and present Abbas’ resistance as the sort of thing that has “prevented peace for decades.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also condemned Abbas for the comment, insisting that the whole world would eventually accept the “truth” that Jerusalem is, and always will be, Israel’s capital.

Despite the White House and Israeli reaction, Abbas’s comments were neither surprising, nor particularly unusual, as virtually the whole rest of the world echoed Abbas’s criticism.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.