Friday, June 23, 2017

Abbas to Kushner: I'll Keep Paying Terrorists; Says Israel Is Using Issue to Avoid Peace Talks

A meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and White House official Jared Kushner left the Palestinian leader fuming and refusing to agree to demands that Ramallah cut off payments for convicted terrorists and their families, the Times of Israel website reports today (June 23, 2017).

Abbas accused the U.S. of taking Israel's side and refused a demand to stop paying salaries to several hundred prisoners serving time for the most serious crimes.

Kushner, who is U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, met with Abbas in Ramallah on June 21.

Yesterday, Abbas defended payments to Palestinian prisoners as a "social responsibility," and said Israel was using the issue as a pretext to avoid peace talks.

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