Hmmm, I don't think it's quite irrelevant. I think the utility of those statements was that the Palestinians, either in Gaza or the West Bank, will never be able to place trust in the Israelis so long as the Israeli state takes actions that they perceive as being targeted against their interests. Actions speak louder than words, and Israel's actions demonstrate antipathy, which leads to mistrust. For a parallel example, take Trump's recent action banning people from various countries entering the United States. The reason given was that it was about preventing terrorism. Agencies charged with preventing terrorism, however, pointed out that it hurt their efforts because the people they needed to talk to and gain the trust and cooperation of suddenly had a tangible reason to believe that the US government did not like them, and because they felt under threat, did not want to cooperate. They felt slighted, so they lost their ability to trust. It's the same sort of thing going on. So that's why it's relevant.