Ramallah, MINA – The Palestinian Authority (PA) has expressed its rejection of recent White House remarks describing the Aqsa Mosque’s western wall as part of Israel, condemning any attempt to change the historical and religious status of Occupied Jerusalem.
In a press release on Saturday, PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that such position confirmed further that the current US administration had lost its role completely as a mediator in the peace process, PIC reported.
Abu Rudeina added that the US administration’s persistence in adopting or taking unilateral decisions on final status issues “represents a departure from the international consensus and perpetuates the occupation.”
A senior White House official said last Friday that the US administration “cannot envision a scenario” under which the Western Wall “would not be part of Israel” in a future peace agreement with the Palestinians.
The official underscored this point in a briefing with reporters in advance of this week’s visit to Israel by US vice president Mike Pence.(R/R04/RS5)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)