Twitter diplomacy utilised to resolve the Palestinian Question

Washington has attempted to spur a fresh round of direct talks with the Palestinian Authority and international stakeholders, implementing this time the Twitter social media platform. The U.S. Special Representative for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, has attempted to continue deliberations between Israeli and Palestinian officials in a more direct and transparent manner, utilising the popularity and visibility of social media correspondence.

The Palestinian Authority unilaterally withdrew from negotiations in December 2017. The withdrawal was a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s initiative to open a new U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. The opening of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem signalled in essence Washington’s official recognition of the city as the capital of Israel. The U.S. initiative stirred anger to several governments of the Arabic world and severely undermined Palestinian Authority’s efforts to constitute part of Jerusalem as the capital city of a future Palestinian state.

The U.S. envoy has recently publicised a series of tweets about the stalled Middle East peace process, criticising the Palestinian Authority for ceding talks with the U.S. In a two-tweet message, the U.S. envoy on Monday underscored his commitment to peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Special Representative Greenblatt also admitted the utilisation of Twitter platform as a means of informing the public opinion over developments on the Middle East peace process and countering the spread of misinformation and fake news over the issue.

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