Palestinian Peace Negotiator Says U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley ‘Needs to Shut Up’

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN), listens during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and members of the United Nations Security Council at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. The U.S. is pushing for a breakthrough on its touchiest Nafta proposals within a month, underscoring the fragility of the new mood of optimism after Canada and Mexico came forward with fresh ideas. Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

Peace out.

In a new interview, a top Palestinian official told off U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley after she criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Nikki Haley needs to shut up and realize that the Palestinian leadership is not the problem,” Saeb Erekat told the website Al-Watan Voice on Saturday, the Times of Israel reports.

Erekat is a lead Palestinian peace negotiator and the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

“Instead, the problem is the Israeli occupation and the policies it continues to pursue. I’m not saying that we don’t make mistakes; every society and every government makes mistakes.”

Addressing the United Nations Security Council on Jan. 25, Haley had attacked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he said she and American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman brought “shame on the administration” and that the Palestinian leadership won’t “accept the U.S. as a mediator” after it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace,” said Haley at the same time President Trump continues to allege that the FBI and Justice Department are out to get him.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Brian Lisi