Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas while rejecting the US president Donald Trump’s so-called Middle East peace plan, stressed that it is impossible to accept a Palestinian state without Jerusalem, warning that Palestinians will fight a peace plan with all their energy and work to thwart it.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of Palestine and the Jordanian capital Amman in reaction to the plan’s formal rollout. The “#FreePalestine” hashtag also quickly became the top world trend on Twitter.
“A Palestinian state cannot be accepted without the city of Jerusalem,” Abbas said during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank “Jerusalem is not for sale,” he added, addressing U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He also renewed his commitment to hold Palestinian elections in the city of Jerusalem. “After we heard this nonsense from Trump, we say a thousand times no to the deal of the century. “We will not kneel and surrender. Conspiracies and the so-called peace plan are doomed to fail and disappear. They will not create new rights and it will not be binding.”
Abbas considered the American deal “the end of the Balfour Declaration, and it is dependent on the declaration,” indicating that it is an extension of the Balfour Declaration, during which the British government pledged through the words of its Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour in 1917 to establish a national home for the Jews in Palestine.
Abbas also stressed adherence to international legitimacy and the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions related to the Palestinian case. He reiterated his rejection of the U.S. unilaterally sponsoring the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. “We are not a terrorist people and [we are] committed to fighting terrorism,” he said.
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