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PA to Boycott Quartet After Report on Mideast Peace

Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow, 2016 (Photo: wikicommons/Пресс-служба Президента России)

Last week, the Quartet on the Middle East (the U.S., U.N., E.U., and Russia) issued a report on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The Jerusalem Post's Maayan Groisman reports that, disagreeing with said report, the Palestinian Authority has decided to boycott the Quartet:

According to the report, the decision to cut relations with the Quartet was made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who alleges that the international committee is siding with Israel.

The fact that the recent report on peace in the Middle East, issued by the Quartet on Friday, mentioned Palestinian violence and incitement as an obstacle for peace before relating to the Israeli settlements infuriated the Palestinians.

A senior Palestinian official told al-Hayat that the US is dominating the Quartet and that the recent report has American fingerprints all over it.

"The UN is powerless and the EU does not speak in one voice. Russia is a friend of the Palestinians, but many times it concludes deals with the US that affect the entire region," the official said.

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