As Violence Surges Under Biden, Psaki Says Trump Didn’t Do Anything Constructive for Middle East Peace

White House press secretary Jen Psaki criticized the Trump administration’s efforts in the Middle East during a press gaggle Tuesday.

A reporter asked her if the White House should reconsider the basis of the Abraham Accords to factor in the interests of the Palestinians, as it was a peace deal between Israel and four Arab nations.

“Is there some idea that it might be time to rethink the thinking behind the Abraham Accords, which basically — if like — if you sort of open them up, what they really seem to say is that, you know, ‘Forget the Palestinians; they’re not a problem. We’re just going to move on.’ And this clearly seems to have shown that that’s not true. Right?” the reporter asked, according to a White House transcript of the media briefing.

“Well, again, I would say that we are not following the same tactics of the prior administration. We — the president has reinstated humanitarian assistance and security assistance to the Palestinians,” Psaki responded.

“Aside from putting forward a peace proposal that was dead on arrival, we don’t think they did anything constructive, really, to bring an end to the longstanding conflict in the Middle East,” she added. “So, obviously, we’re dealing with a conflict that is happening as we speak. Right? It is happening on the ground. People’s lives are being lost. There’s ongoing violence. We’re going to work to resolve that.”

She then made it clear that the United States will continue to keep a strong alliance with Israel, while also providing aid to the Palestinians.

“But our view continues to be that providing that humanitarian and security assistance to the Palestinians while still maintaining our longstanding security relationship with Israel is in the interest of the United States, and a two-state solution — which both parties would have to get together to agree on — is the only way to have a long-term outcome that’s peaceful and lasting.”

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