In first U.S. response to reconciliation agreement, U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt says any government must also accept previous agreements and commit to peace.
Published on 19th of October 2017 in Haaretz
Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for the peace process, issued on Thursday the first American response to the Palestinian reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah. According to Greenblatt, any Palestinian government must "unambiguously and explicitly" commit to the conditions set by the Quartet: Refraining from violence, recognizing Israel, and accepting previous agreements, including disarming terrorists and committing to peace.
"If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements," Greenblatt wrote.
The U.S. envoy added that all parties agree that it is essential for the Palestinian Authority to assume "full, genuine, and unhindered" security and civil control in the Gaza Strip. It is essential that "we work together to improve the humanitarian situation for Palestinians living there," Greenblatt wrote.