PLO official: Kerry threatened to stop funds if Palestinians do not agree to his framework

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kerry-peace-processMa’ariv (Hebrew) reported Thursday that a PLO official claimed Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to stop aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the current peace talks fail.   At a press conference on Wednesday in Ramallah,  Tayseer Khaled, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, accused the U.S. Secretary of using political blackmail to pressure the Palestinians into making concessions.

Khaled said that the Americans made it clear that Washington will not be able to ensure the continuation of international assistance to the PA and will not be able to prevent the expansion of the settlements, if the negotiations stall as a result of a Palestinian refusal to sign the framework agreement.

Ma’ariv quoted Khaled,

Up until now the negotiations have not led to any significant breakthrough in the core issues.  The Palestinian side cannot sign the framework agreement because it does not satisfy the minimal Palestinian conditions and rights.

According to the Israeli daily,

Even if Tayseer Khaled does not represent the official position of the PA, his claims expose the internal opposition within the PLO to the agreement with Israel and to the American initiative.

Immediately after the report was posted by Ma’ariv, the story was picked up by The Times of Israel (English).

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  1. amigo
    January 10, 2014, 9:53 am

    “Khaled said that the Americans made it clear that Washington will not be able to ensure the continuation of international assistance to the PA and will not be able to prevent the expansion of the settlements, if the negotiations stall as a result of a Palestinian refusal to sign the framework agreement.”

    So which illegal settlements has the USA prevented.

    And since when is the USA controlling international Assistance.

    Honest Broker my ass.

  2. Bumblebye
    January 10, 2014, 10:04 am

    How very shocking! (Not)
    With a huge team of hardcore zionists, the wishes and demands of Israel are paramount to the Kerry/dishonest broker gang.
    We expected nothing less. The whole sleazy lot are about political porn, not genuine negotiations!

    • Bumblebye
      January 10, 2014, 11:15 am

      link to theguardian.com

      1400 more apartheid homes on foreign land announced today:

      “Israel plans to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territory the Palestinians claim for their state.

      Israel’s housing ministry announced on Friday that 800 new houses would be built in the West Bank and 600 in East Jerusalem – a contentious move that is likely to further hamper the progress of peace talks led by the US secretary of state, John Kerry.”

      It’ll be out with the microscopes to spot any threats from Uncle Sam to reduce Israel’s allowance for bad behavior.

  3. US Citizen
    January 10, 2014, 10:14 am

    So much for Kerry’s ‘fair and balanced’ remarks at the start of the ‘negotiations’. Whatever he is doing to the Palestinians he should be doing double with the Israelis. Shame on Kerry and shame on Obama. I hope the Palestinians showed Kerry the door and slammed it shut as he was walking out. Time for the ICC and more BDS.

  4. HarryLaw
    January 10, 2014, 10:18 am

    ‘The US will not be able to prevent the expansion of the settlements’, what a joke, as soon as Kerry left Israel, they announced more settlement construction, he got the proverbial kick up the backside to help him on his way.

  5. Justpassingby
    January 10, 2014, 10:26 am

    Well resign then PLO!

  6. Sammar
    January 10, 2014, 10:37 am

    “Well resign then PLO!”
    It is not the PLO who needs to resign but the PA. And it has been my fervent wish for many years now that they would do so. I am firmly convinced that putting responsibility ( and expenses) for the occupation back into Israel’s lap is the last thing the Israelis want and the best thing to get some major concessions from Israel.

  7. mondonut
    January 10, 2014, 10:50 am

    - Not shocking
    – Not a problem

    • Woody Tanaka
      January 10, 2014, 11:25 am

      No, it’s not shocking, as the US for years has been the puppet dancing to the strings of its zionist masters. It is a problem, though, if one believes in morality, ethics, justice and the independence of the US’s foreign policy.

    • Talkback
      January 10, 2014, 7:15 pm

      That extorting an occupied people neither seems shocking nor a problem to an antigentile Zionist is not surprising, too. It would be different, if the occupied were Jews, right?

      (Don’t bother to answer. My question is rhetorical.)

  8. LeaNder
    January 10, 2014, 10:58 am

    Khaled said that the Americans made it clear that Washington will not be able to ensure the continuation of international assistance to the PA and will not be able to prevent the expansion of the settlements, if the negotiations stall as a result of a Palestinian refusal to sign the framework agreement.

    Could this be a more secret reason why Obama invited Merkel? Something we shouldn’t know too much about? You know they only understand force, no matter if with arms or financial means?

    Who exactly owns two thirds of the shares in the “Palestine Power Generation Company” that signed a deal about gas just now?

    • Pamela Olson
      January 10, 2014, 2:24 pm

      Do you know the answer? I can’t seem to find it.

      • Henry Norr
        January 10, 2014, 7:50 pm

        According to the Jerusalem Post,

        “The company behind the PPGC facility belongs to a variety of shareholders, with the main investor being the Palestine Electric Company (PEC) – a publicly owned firm traded on the Palestinian Securities Exchange since 2004. The company’s ownership is made up of 33% public shareholders and 67% private shareholders, according to the firm.”

        PPGC’s home page says

        “PPGC’s shareholders consist of leading business organizations in Palestine across various sectors including Power, Investments, Developers, Banking, Insurance, and Construction. The lead shareholders consist of Palestine Electric Company (PEC) which is the first IPP in Palestine, and Palestine Development & Investment Company (PADICO) which is the first and largest investment holding company established in Palestine.”

        And the Founding Shareholders page specifies:

        As affirmed by PPGC’s board of directors, as of end-2010, all shareholders have paid their share of the capital requirements in full.

        Palestine Electric Company (PEC)
        Palestine’s first power generating company

        Palestine Development and Investment Company (PADICO)
        The leading investment and holding company

        Palestine Investment Fund (PIF)
        Independent national investment company

        Palestine Private Power (PPP)
        An investment consortium that has an interest in PEC

        Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC)
        A regional leader in distribution, manufacturing and services

        Bank of Palestine (BoP)
        The first and largest national bank in Palestine

        Gulf Steel Industries Company (GSIC)
        A leading regional construction company

        Palestine Pension Fund Authority (PPA)
        Manages the civil service sector’s pension fund

        Cairo Amman Bank (CAB)
        A leading Jordanian retail bank

        Jerusalem Real Estate and Investment Company (JREI)
        Owns and manages real estate and property projects

        Nassar Odeh
        A prominent Palestinian businessman

        National Insurance Company (NIC)
        A public insurance and re-insurance company

        Palestine Insurance Company (PICO)
        A public insurance and re-insurance company

        Palestine Real Estate Investment Company (PRICO)
        A real estate, housing and development company

  9. MHughes976
    January 10, 2014, 11:22 am

    There’s an awful lot of posturing, leaking and counter-leaking – not to mention gobbledygooking, Kerry’s own speciality – inevitably going on in these events. But I think that it will be very difficult for either party to refuse at least nominal acceptance of this framework plan of his, which seems to mean attempt to define the different positions taken by the parties, though of course within five minutes of signing the statement of their positions they’ll be arguing about what the statements mean.

  10. amigo
    January 10, 2014, 11:24 am

    “Khaled said that the Americans made it clear that Washington will not be able to ensure the continuation of international assistance to the PA and will not be able to prevent the expansion of the settlements, if the negotiations stall as a result of a Palestinian refusal to sign the framework agreement.”

    So which does Kerry support !!!. A Bi National State or Apartheid.

    • Citizen
      January 10, 2014, 7:00 pm

      @ smigo
      Imagine if the breaking news was, “The Israeli negotiator said that the Americans made it clear that Washington will not be able to ensure the continuation of American foreign aid assistance to Israel and will not veto a UN move to halt the expansion of the settlements, if the negotiations stall as a result of a Israeli refusal to sign the framework agreement.”

  11. seafoid
    January 10, 2014, 12:09 pm

    The Palestinians are expected to give up rights for food. And be thankful. Very Theresienstadt. And with Chicago at minus 8F there are far more important issues on the table for DC than Jewish Lebensraum.

  12. Sycamores
    January 10, 2014, 12:25 pm

    pointless threat unless Kerry can get the EU onboard.

    the EU is the major donor of aid to the PA over 50%. the next major donors are from the Arab countries.

    as though the aid is mainly to help the israel welfare occupation of the Palestinians Kerry’s threat is more of a problem for israel.

    let israel pay for its own apartheid practices and i hope Abbas sticks to his threat and end the PA.

  13. Citizen
    January 10, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Kerry’s an arrogant fool, nothing but a tool of AIPAC- Israel; he makes America the fool & Dick and Jane have no clue about this. The guy’s got no balls at all about justice, and the American way. He’s a Zionist golem, or frankenstein.

  14. Talkback
    January 10, 2014, 7:12 pm

    Threaten to cut aid? That’s also how the US acquired the necessary votes for partition resolution in 1947.

  15. Sammar
    January 11, 2014, 5:30 am

    Probably a silly question but could the Federal Reserve play a role in where money goes and how much? An Israeli citizen was just appointed to serve as Fed vice chairman. Could he influence possible economic sanctions against Israel in the future?

    Scary. After Israel having succeed in buying the US Congress, we now have an Israeli citizen controlling the pursestrings. Interesting. These are facts, but to say this out loud probably engenders cries of “anti-semitism!!”?

    • Citizen
      January 11, 2014, 10:22 am

      The dual citizen, who now is apparently VP at The Fed, partnered from his bank perch in Israel with AIPAC to get all the AIPAC legislation passed dealing with US sanctions on Iran. He will be even more effective working in the #2 slot at the Fed: link to dissidentvoice.org

      He’s a major proponent of attacking Iran.

  16. iResistDe4iAm
    January 11, 2014, 8:15 am

    Expecting Palestinians to negotiate with Israel under US mediation
    is like forcing a small business to negotiate an extortion agreement with local mafioso, under Godfather mediation.

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