Palestinian leaders are in confusion after the United States State Department’s official website has removed the territories from its list of areas and countries, followed by a slew of pro-Isreal step by the United States President Donald Trump.
Its official website no longer has a separate entry for the Palestinian Authority. A recorded version of the website from 2009-2017 Presidency of Barack Obama highlights that “Palestinian Territories” were listed among nations and areas both on the front page and in the section of the Near East bureau.
On Tuesday, a State Department official has played down the shift when asked.
She continued, “The website is being updated. There has been no change to our policy.”
However, she didn’t detailed if the website that recently underwent a redesign, would once again include a seperate entry for the “Palestinian Territories.”
But the Palestinian leaders has doubted that the changes, which include the eliminate of the term “occupied territories” in some United States Publications and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wrongful use of annexing much of the West Bank – was accidental.
After the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday, the Palestinian Cabinet has decieded to move “confirms the American bias towards Israel.”
It further said that the shift “cannot override the Palestinian rights, which the world countries have unanimously recognized,” as quoted by the official sources.
Palestine Liberation Organization’s Secretary General Saeb Erekat has said that the removal “is not about US national interests. This is about advancing the agenda of the council of Israeli Settlers.”
Erekat tweets, “Deciding not to see the truth does not mean canceling its existence.”
Dan Shapiro has served as the United States Ambassador to Israel under Barack Obama, called the website change as “crazy.”
Shapiro tweets, “Palestinians are not going anywhere. US interests require engaging with them. Israel itself still cooperates with the Palestinian Authority in various ways.”
President Trump has been supportive of Israel and its ring-wing leaders, discussed several landmark moves, including accepting bitterly opposed Jerusalem as the Capital of the Jewish State.
The United States President has further slashed funding to the refugee agency of Palestinian and encouraged PM Netanyahu to limit entry of two Democratic lawmakers, both Muslim women, who have been critical of Israel.
Palestinian Authority has claims that its no longer considering the United States as an honest broker and has refused President Trump’s peace initiatives, boycotting a conference in June in Bahrain objecting at development of the territories.