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Op-ed in PA daily: US ambassador Friedman is “bombing the UN bodies from Tel Aviv”

Headline: “Friedman, 100 years since Balfour and half a century of settlements”

Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

    “US Ambassador in Tel Aviv David Friedman can say whatever he wants regarding the Palestinian cause, the occupation, and the settlements, but the most important thing as far as we are concerned is that we, the Palestinians and the Arabs, will achieve what we want and prevent the desires of Friedman – the intimate friend of the criminals responsible for the settlement enterprise – to take a place in the registers and documents of the international institutions… American Ambassador Friedman is bombing the UN bodies from Tel Aviv, and is focusing on bombing the [UN] Security Council and the international legal arenas.”

The article comes shortly after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke about Israel’s legal standing in the West Bank and UN Security Council Resolution 242 in an interview with the Israeli news site Walla on Sept. 28, 2017, in which he said: “I think the settlements are part of Israel. I think that was always the expectation when Resolution 242 was adopted in 1967… The idea was that Israel would be entitled to secure borders… So there was always supposed to be some notion of expansion into the West Bank… And I think that’s exactly what, you know, Israel has done. I mean, they’re only occupying 2 percent of the West Bank. There is important nationalistic, historical, religious significance to those settlements, and I think the settlers view themselves as Israelis and Israel views the settlers as Israelis.”