December 24, 2018
Trump’s proposal, though not yet made public, is being met with skepticism due to his pro-Israel bias
“There’s nothing on the horizon to suggest that next year will be any better.”
AMMAN: For many Palestinians living under occupation, 2018 was a terrible year. The US moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and cut funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
Violent Israeli repression included the killing of more than 200 unarmed Palestinian protestors in Gaza.
Former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad described 2018 as “a bad year” for his people and their national cause.
Fayyad, now a professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, told Arab News: “There’s nothing on the horizon to suggest that next year will be any better.”
He called for “a national empowerment agenda anchored on the unification of the Palestinian polity.”
Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad, spokesman on international affairs for the Palestinian faction Fatah, told Arab News that 2018 “was a very difficult year because of the ongoing Israeli crimes against the Palestinian population under occupation, and US policies targeting refugees and Jerusalem.”