Sunday, September 15th | 15 Elul 5779

August 14, 2019 10:36 am

Abbas Reportedly Spurns GOP Delegation in Ramallah

avatar by


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas heads a Palestinian cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 28, 2013. Photo: Reuters / Issam Rimawi / Pool / File. –  Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas apparently backed out of a meeting with a 31-member GOP delegation at the last minute on Tuesday, sending other senior officials to meet them in his stead.

The incident comes just a week after Abbas met a 41-member Democratic delegation led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), during which he said he would not accept American “dictates.”

Abbas’s PA has boycotted the US administration ever since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.

Related coverage

September 15, 2019 10:43 am

Final Israeli Election Polls Slow Likud With Slight Edge Over Blue and White - The final poll in the second round of Israeli elections indicates that the trends of the past two...

Though PLO General Secretary Saeb Erekat and PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh were sent to meet the Republicans, several legislators opted not to go to Ramallah after Abbas announced his cancellation.

Those who did attend were told by Shtayyeh that “the peace process needs serious intentions. Israel does not have these intentions and the US is biased toward Israel,” according to the Palestinian WAFA news agency.

He also told the legislators that the PA demands a two-state solution.

Both delegations were in the country on a trip organized by the American Israel Education Foundation, a group connected to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Abbas did, however, manage to meet on Tuesday with two candidates from Israel’s Democratic Camp electoral bloc, according to The Times of Israel: Knesset member Issawi Frej and Noa Rothman, the granddaughter of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.