Abbas: Palestinians cannot accept US ‘peace’ plan, mediation

The Palestinian president has once again rejected the so-called peace plan to be unveiled by US President Donald Trump on the conflict with Israel, saying Palestinians will not accept anything other than a state with Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

Addressing the opening session of the four-day meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) in Ramallah on Monday, Mahmoud Abbas censured Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and said Palestinians believe the US can no longer be the sole mediator in the decades-long conflict with Israel due to its pro-Tel Aviv bias.

Trump’s plan, the Palestinian leader added, is “an end to the peace process in the Middle East.”

Abbas reiterated that there will be no peace between Israelis and Palestinians without Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the future State of Palestine.

“If Washington wants to provide something, it must say it is with the choice of the two-state solution and [that] East Jerusalem [al-Quds] is the capital of the independent State of Palestine. Anything different from this, we won’t accept,” Abbas said.

He further said “there will be no Palestinian state without the Gaza Strip and there will be no state in Gaza only.”

Abbas also ruled out any project to establish a Palestinian state with temporary borders, saying it was a “liquidation” of the Palestinian cause.

On December 6, Trump announced that Washington recognizes Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and would relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s policy vis-à-vis the city triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the world.

Following Trump’s announcement, Abbas declared that the US could no longer serve as a peace broker, and has since been working to create an international mechanism to guide the so-called Middle East peace process.

Abbas also said back then that what Trump calls the “deal of the century” insults Palestinians and has in fact turned into the “slap of the century.”

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