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US Envoy: Israel is the Victim, Not the Offender

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US envoy Jason Greenblatt,

Calling Judea and Samaria “occupied territory” does not help resolve the conflict, Jason Greenblatt told PBS.

By United With Israel Staff 

U.S. Special Representative for International Relations Jason Greenblatt has again come to Israel’s defense, rejecting old notions of Israel as an occupier responsible for the victimization of the Palestinian people.

Asked what “responsibility the Israelis bear for the current state of affairs in the Middle East,” Greenblatt told interviewer Judy Woodruff:

“I think that Israel is actually more the victim than the party that’s responsible,” adding that “from the moment of its formation, they were attacked multiple times. They continue to be attacked with terrorism. So I’m not sure I understand the premise of the question.”

“I think that they’re trying their best to succeed,” said the senior official. “They have actually succeeded in many ways, especially economically, under very, very trying circumstances.”

Woodruff persisted, asking: “You don’t see mistakes they have made, places where they have overstepped their authority?”

The envoy stood his ground: “I think Israel is doing the best that it possibly can under very challenging circumstances.”

He then began rejecting the usage of terms such as “settlements” to describe Israeli communities located in territories captured by the Jewish State in the 1967 war, saying “it’s a pejorative term. I use the term neighborhoods and cities.”

Greenblatt also referred to the West Bank by its biblical name, Judea and Samaria, and countered the argument that the territories are “occupied” by Israel.

“I would argue that the land is disputed. It needs to be resolved in the context of direct negotiations between the parties. Calling it occupied territory does not help resolve the conflict,” the Trump adviser told PBS.

Asked about when the U.S. political plan for Israel and the Palestinians would be announced, Greenblatt replied: “The president will make his decision soon.”

He explained that “it’s no secret that, when the Israelis had to go to a second election, that sort of threw us off a little bit.

“We haven’t yet decided whether we release the plan before or after the Israeli elections, if it’s after the Israeli elections, before or after the government is formed. We’re still evaluating that,” said Greenblatt.

He bemoaned the fact that Palestinians with whom he meets are afraid to reveal their identity. “I meet countless Palestinians here in the region,” the American envoy told PBS.

“They know I’m very active on Twitter. And no matter how great the meeting goes — and almost all of them are great, even if they are tough discussions about U.S. policy — they always plead with me when I leave: ‘Please do not tweet about our meeting. Please do not tell who you met with,’” said Greenblatt.

“I have to respect that,” he said. “They are afraid, and that’s unfortunate.”

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Jason Greenblatt告诉PBS,称Judea和Samaria“被占领土”无助于解决冲突。

通过联合以色列工作人员

美国国际关系特别代表杰森格林布莱特再次来到以色列的辩护中,拒绝接受以色列作为负责巴勒斯坦人民受害的占领者的旧观念。

当被问及以色列人对中东目前的事态负有什么责任时,格林布拉特告诉采访者朱迪伍德拉夫:

“我认为以色列实际上更多的是受害者,而不是负责任的政党,”并补充道,“从形成之时起,他们就遭到多次袭击。他们继续受到恐怖主义袭击。所以我不确定我理解这个问题的前提。“

“我认为他们正在努力取得成功,”这位高级官员说。 “在非常非常艰难的情况下,他们实际上已经取得了很多成功,特别是在经济上。”

伍德拉夫坚持说:“你不会看到他们犯过的错误,他们超越权限的地方?”

特使坚持自己的立场:“我认为以色列在极具挑战性的情况下可以做到最好。”

然后,他开始拒绝使用诸如“定居点”之类的术语来描述位于犹太国家在1967年战争中占领的领土上的以色列社区,并称“这是一个贬义词。我用的是街区和城市。“

格林布莱特还以其圣经的名字,犹太和撒玛利亚提到了约旦河西岸,并反驳了这些领土被以色列“占领”的论点。

“我认为土地是有争议的。需要在双方直接谈判的背景下解决。称其占领领土无助于解决冲突,“特朗普的顾问告诉PBS。

当被问及美国对以色列和巴勒斯坦人的政治计划何时宣布时,格林布拉特回答说:“总统将尽快做出决定。”

他解释说“当以色列人不得不参加第二次选举时,这种情况已经让我们失望了,这已经不是什么秘密了。

“如果是在以色列选举之后,在政府成立之前或之后,我们尚未决定是否在以色列选举之前或之后公布计划。我们还在评估,“格林布拉特说。

他感到遗憾的是,与他会面的巴勒斯坦人不敢透露自己的身份。 “我在该地区会见了无数的巴勒斯坦人,”美国特使告诉PBS。

“他们知道我在推特上非常活跃。无论会议有多么精彩 – 几乎所有会议都很棒,即使他们对美国的政策进行了艰难的讨论 – 他们在我离开时总是恳求我:’请不要发布有关我们会议的推文。请不要告诉你与谁见面,“格林布拉特说。

“我必须尊重这一点,”他说。 “他们害怕,这很不幸。”

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