The West Bank Is Disputed Territory

(PBS) Jason Greenblatt interviewed by Judy Woodruff - U.S. Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt spoke with PBS in an interview broadcast Wednesday: Greenblatt: "I meet countless Palestinians here in the region....No matter how great the meeting goes...they always plead with me when I leave: 'Please do not tweet about our meeting. Please do not tell who you met with.' And I have to respect that. When they go home, they are afraid, and that's unfortunate." Q: What responsibility do the Israelis bear for the current state of affairs in the Middle East? Greenblatt: "I think that Israel is actually more the victim than the party that's responsible. 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 Israel is doing the best that it possibly can under very challenging circumstances." "People speak about the West Bank - Judea and Samaria - as being occupied. 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."

2019-07-18 00:00:00

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