RAMALLAH, June 13, 2017 (WAFA) - Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization Hanan Ashrawi Tuesday accused the United States of leading international efforts and of spending billions of dollars to distort the Palestinian reality at all levels in order to prevent the International Criminal Court from opening an official investigation into Israel’s violations that would lead to its prosecution.
She told Voice of Palestine radio that pressure and blackmail are being exerted at United Nations member states in the framework of a crusade to defend Israel.
Ashrawi was clearly referring to the efforts by the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, a strong pro-Israel politician, who took it upon herself to act as Israel's advocate at all UN and international forums.
On the other hand, Ashrawi explained that statements made by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, in which he said he prefers a united Jerusalem over a political solution, reflect what Israel is doing on the ground to create the so-called “Greater Israel” on the territory of the historic state of Palestine.
Ashrawi said the international community is intentionally closing its eyes to Israeli violations to avoid seeing the facts as they are in order not to have to face them.
In addition, she said, some Arab countries are going along with the rational of giving Israel prior rewards while pressuring the Palestinians to make concessions to reach a final peace settlement.