Abbas refused to welcome a delegation of Democratic lawmakers who visited the region in March, indicating his fury at the US is not limited to the Trump administration.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has made his animosity for the Trump administration clear ever since the US officially recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital back in December. A newly surfaced report in Friday’s Ha’aretz, however, indicates that he also has a grudge against the Democratic party.
A delegation of Democratic lawmakers, headed by House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, participated in a five-day visit to Israel and Jordan to promote “global and regional security and cooperation” in March.
“There is no greater political accomplishment in the 20th century than the establishment of the State of Israel,” Pelosi said in a statement at the time. “Our delegation is pleased to be able to extend the congratulations of the American people to the people of Israel as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jewish state this spring.”
According to Ha’aretz, the delegation was interested in visiting Abbas at his headquarters in Ramallah, but he declined.
His refusal caught them by surprise, the report said, considering the fact that many of them are vocal critics of the current US leadership and were eager to hear the Palestinian view regarding the Trump Administration’s Mideast policies.