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After the humiliating Palestinian failure to pass a United Nations Security Council Resolution in December setting a timetable for a peace deal and an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories, Arab diplomats criticized the Palestinian strategy.Salam was especially disappointed given the work of the French delegation in promoting a resolution considered favorable to Palestinian interests, according to Arab delegates in December.Salam emphasized that the Palestinians themselves deserved blame for the vote's failure.The Arab official in New York blamed the Palestinians for months of unprofessionalism and ineffective diplomacy. Grant Rumley of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted: "This exposes the entire Palestinian internationalization campaign as less a pragmatic path toward statehood than an international full-court press designed to create leverage and pressure Israel".Finally, the Arab official noted his delegation's frustration with Saeb Erekat's repeated leaks to the media that forced the Palestinian position before cooperating Arab countries were consulted. He explained that at times, Arab government officials learned of Palestinian moves through the media instead of through discrete diplomatic channels.
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