According to Iran's Fars News agency, Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Arab leaders who met with Obama and Netanyahu at the kickoff of peace talks in Washington this week were "betraying their nations." The PA's response:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, reportedly said that Ahmadinejad "does not represent the Iranian people, forged elections, suppresses the Iranian people and stole the authority. [He] is not entitled to talk about Palestine, or the president of Palestine."I am reminded of the chant of Iran's Green protestors on Iran's 24-hour version of Orwell's Two Minutes' Hate, the holiday Quds Day: "Not Gaza, not Lebanon. I die only for Iran."
"President Abu Mazen [Abbas] is the elected president of free and fair elections in which more than two thousand international observers [participated]," Abu Rudeineh said. "We have fought for Palestine and Jerusalem, and the Palestinian leadership has provided thousands of martyrs and tens of thousands wounded and prisoners."
"We did not repress our people, as did Iran led by Ahmadinejad," Abu Rudeineh added.
"We are defending our national rights and our national interest, and the President and the Palestinian leadership and the PLO are the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, who knows how to defend their rights and will not allow anyone to undermine the national president or the legitimacy of the Palestine Liberation Organization," he said.