Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemns Trump over Jerusalem move: 'Shame on you'
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 16, 2018,
Jan 16, 2018, 0:43
In a wide-ranging two-hour speech, Abbas reiterated he would not accept the Trump administration as a mediator in peace talks with Israel and called for an internationally-led process. "We are at a critical moment and our future is in danger. we are now being offered Abu Dis as our capital".
In a statement, the Committee called on the worldwide community to hold an global conference under the auspices of the United Nations for the assurance of the establishment of the Palestinian state with its capital as East Jerusalem.
Abbas also responded to White House criticism that the PLO had refused to negotiate on Jerusalem.
The Islamic Jihad official said his group and Hamas agreed that their participation in the meetings won't bring any benefits to the two groups and that the results of the council meetings will be less than expectations. Attendees are expected to discuss ramifications of the US' recognition and strategies, according to official news agency Wafa.
Relations between the Palestinians and Washington soured last month after Trump announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage across the Arab world and concern among Washington's Western allies.
Abbas' speech came during the start of a two-day meeting of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in Ramallah, where officials are set to layout their response to Trump's Jerusalem move.
"Israel has ended the Oslo agreement" so the PLO Central Council must decide "where should we go from here?"
Hamas signed an agreement previous year to reconcile with the Palestinian Authority, but the pact has not been implemented as gaps remain over issues that include Abbas's demand that the group's militia surrender its weapons. The tunnel also extended from under Israel's Kerem Shalom border terminal into Egypt's Sinai peninsula, an Israeli military spokesman said.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas blasted Trump for his handling of Mideast peace efforts. Singling out one country that he accused of playing an underhand role, but chose not to name, he said: "Stay away from us". This is what they're offering now: "Abu Dis", Abbas said.
"It is safe to say that president Abbas has done little to improve US-Palestinian relations which have now reached their nadir", he told AFP.