The politburo chief of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, has censured US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital, describing the measure as an attempt by the White House to abolish the Palestinian cause.
“The recent US decision on al-Quds is part of ongoing efforts to terminate the Palestinian cause within the context of a so-called ‘deal of the century’,” Ismail Haniyeh said at a meeting with Palestinian tribal leaders in Gaza City on Tuesday.
He added that the controversial US move “has implications for the reconfiguration of the entire region … which will come at the expense of al-Quds and Palestinian rights.”
Haniyeh further noted that Hamas had obtained information concerning a US plan to offer Palestinian leaders a state with its capital in Abu Dis village, which lies on the border with Jerusalem al-Quds.
“The plan involves building a bridge linking Abu Dis to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound [in East Jerusalem al-Quds] with the ostensible aim of ensuring [Palestinians] access to the mosque,” the Hamas leader asserted.
Haniyeh added, “There is also a talk of dividing the al-Aqsa Mosque compound into three separate parts.”
The Hamas chief also criticized some regional Arab states for normalizing diplomatic ties with Israel at the expense of Palestinian people.
Haniyeh then slammed the Tel Aviv regime for its settlement expansion activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
On December 6, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.