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WATCH: 'I will not shut up،' US envoy tells Erekat at UN

Wednesday 21/February/2018 - 09:48 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Mohsin
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a sharp response to Palestinians leaders and its top negotiator Tuesday Saeeb Erikat، saying she “will not shut up” after the official comments about Haley last month.

Haley addressed the U.N. Security Council during a speech Tuesday، during which she responded to an earlier speech from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas، as well as comments made last month by Saeb Erekat، a Palestinian negotiator.

Erekat said Haley “needs to shut up and realize the Palestinian leadership is not the problem.”

“We welcome you as the leader of the Palestinian people here today،” Haley said of Abbas. “But I will decline the advice I was recently given by your top negotiator، Saeb Erekat. I will not shut up. Rather، I will respectfully speak some hard truths.

“The Palestinian leadership has a choice to make between two different paths. There is the path of absolutist demands، hateful rhetoric، and incitement to violence. That path has led، and will continue to lead، to nothing but hardship for the Palestinian people.”


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