Top Palestinian negotiator: Trump wants our surrender

Top Palestinian negotiator: Trump wants our surrender
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A top Palestinian negotiator said in an op-ed published late Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE wants the surrender of his people, not peace. 

Saeb Erekat, the Palestine Liberation Organization's secretary general, argued in The New York Times  that the Trump administration's proposed economic summit in Bahrain to promote investment in the Palestinians will not address the underlying issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

"There will be no economic prosperity in Palestine without the end of the occupation," he wrote. 

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"The members of Mr. Trump’s Middle East team claim that they want to boost the Palestinian economy and improve Palestinian lives, but economic growth can never be a substitute for the right to live in dignity, free from military occupation and oppression, in our homeland," he added. "The main obstacle to Palestinian economic growth is clear: the occupation."

He also said that Palestinian leadership was not consulted on the plan. 

"What the Trump administration is seeking is not a peace agreement but a Palestinian declaration of surrender," he added.

The White House announced on Sunday that it would be holding the "Peace to Prosperity" meeting that  will encourage investment in the West Bank, in Gaza and throughout the region.

The meeting is one piece of the administration's plan for peace in the region, which U.S.  negotiator and presidential son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign MORE has said will be revealed as early as June. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ceased negotiations with the U.S. when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.