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Palestinians call US-backed Mideast summit in Poland ‘futile’

The Palestinians have not been invited to next week’s Mideast conference in Poland and have no desire to participate unless the US changes its policies, a senior Palestinian official has said. Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Wednesday in Ramallah, West Bank, that current American policies will “only lead to futile results,” AP reports. Washington and Warsaw are sponsoring the February 13-14 conference, which they say is aimed at promoting peace and security in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans on attending. The Palestinians accuse the Trump administration of being unfairly biased in favor of Israel. They say they will reject a planned US peace initiative unless it endorses an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with east Jerusalem as its capital.