Palestinian media claim Kerry threatened Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian media claim Kerry threatened Mahmoud Abbas

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US Secretary of State John Kerry recently threatened PA President Mahmoud Abbas that he would meet the same fate as his predecessor,  Yasser Arafat, if he turned down Washington’s proposals for peace with Israel, a Palestinian source was quoted Sunday as saying.

The source told the website Rai al-Youm that Abbas angrily stormed out  of a four-hour meeting with Kerry in Ramallah after the latter exerted  pressure on him to accept the proposals.

The source claimed that Kerry told Abbas his fate would not be “less than that of Yasser Arafat.”

Jamal Muhaissen, a senior Fatah official in the West Bank, said that if  the report is true, “this shows that Israel assassinated Yasser Arafat  after receiving a green light from the US administration.”

Muhaissen said that Kerry’s threat comes in wake of his failure to  impose a settlement on Israel that is “consistent with international  law.”

Kerry should not hold the Palestinians responsible for his failure with the Israelis, the Fatah official added.

“If true, Kerry’s threat paves the way for bringing him before the  International Criminal Court for threatening the life of an elected  Palestinian president,” Muhaissen said.

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