Trump envoy chastises Palestinian mediator for ‘false claim’

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JERUSALEM – US President Donald Trump’s special Mideast envoy has lashed out at a veteran Palestinian official, saying his “false claims” and rhetoric haven’t brought peace closer.

Jason Greenblatt was responding Sunday in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper to an earlier op-ed by negotiator Saeb Erekat accusing American officials of acting as “spokespeople” for Israel.

Greenblatt wrote: “Dr. Erekat – we have heard your voice for decades and it has not achieved anything close to Palestinian aspirations or anything close to a comprehensive peace agreement.”

He wrote “the notion that Israel is going away – or that Jerusalem is not its capital – is a mirage.”

Palestinians were angered by Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to move the U.S. Embassy there. They have rejected the U.S. as peace broker.