|Chief PLO Negotiator, Saeb Erekat|
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon reacted with surprise Sunday to Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat's rejection of a offer to hold a public debate with him.
Last week, Ayalon had proposed a public face-off with Erekat on issues relating to the Israel-PA conflict after Erekat sent out an official press release calling the Ayalon's recent YouTube video – The Truth About the West Bank – "a falsified account of history and international law."
|Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, |
"Erekat is used to telling the world that Israel's policies are illegal and against international law and I offered him the chance to back up his own statements and he is proving unable or unwilling to do so."
"Like its diplomatic policies, it appears that the Palestinian Authority is only able to debate unilaterally."
The video, released under two weeks ago, has already garnered a quarter of a million views worldwide and is encouraging a debate on the rarely heard Israeli position on Judea, Samaria, Jewish communities and international law.
"Erekat was very quick to react to the video when it was released but now his evasion speaks volumes of a Palestinian Authority political leadership which has hijacked the public debate for too long," Ayalon added. "It demonstrates that their rhetoric is just empty words and slogans and folds like a house of cards once it is tested."