Four senior members of the Trump administration placed blame on the terrorist group Hamas for the violence at the Israeli boundary fence and using Palestinian civilians "as human shields," in an op-ed penned Monday for CNN.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, special representative for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also claimed there was a "paradigm shift" underway at the United Nations following a June 13 vote where the general assembly passed a resolution condemning Israel for "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate" force during recent clashed at the Gaza border.
The U.S. during the session attempted to add a paragraph condemning Hamas, which was rejected on procedural grounds, although most member states supported it.
"For the first time in the United Nations, more nations than not acknowledged that peace between Israel and the Palestinian people must be built on a foundation of truth regarding Hamas," the four wrote. "They recognized that reconciliation is impossible if reality is denied for the sake of scoring political points. And part of that reality is recognizing the primary responsibility Hamas bears in perpetuating the suffering of the people of Gaza."
The op-ed is the second on the topic in two days from members of the Trump administration following an article that appeared in The Washington Post on Friday.
In the CNN post, the four top officials said also Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital would serve as a model in their larger Middle East peace plan.
"That foundation of reality underscores our administration's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," the group said. "The peace proposal we will make will be similarly realistic, recognizing the legitimate needs of both Israel and the Palestinians as well as the interests of the broader region."
The White House is expected to unveil its peace plan by the end of the year.
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