Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018|2 p.m.
RAMALLAH, West Bank– The Palestinian president railed at President Donald Trump in a fiery, two-hour-long speech on Sunday, stating “shame on you” for his treatment of the Palestinians and alerting that he would have no problem declining exactly what he suggested would be an inappropriate peace strategy.
The speech by Mahmoud Abbas ratcheted up what has been more than a month of harsh rhetoric toward Trump considering that the president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Relations between Washington and the Palestinians have sunk to a brand-new low, boding improperly for a peace strategy the White Home has actually assured to present.
Speaking with the Palestinian Central Council, a decision-making body, Abbas duplicated the Palestinians’ opposition to Trump’s Jerusalem acknowledgment and censured Trump for implicating the Palestinians of refusing to work out.
“He (Trump) stated in a tweet: ‘We won’t offer cash to the Palestinians since they turned down the negotiations,'” Abbas stated. “Pity on you. When did we turn down the talks? Where is the negotiation that we declined?”
Trump infuriated Palestinians and Muslims around the globe when he announced late last year that the United States would acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy there, upending years of U.S. policy and countering a worldwide agreement that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided in settlements between the sides.
Abbas has actually stated that by siding with the Israelis on a delicate issue, the announcement had actually destroyed Trump’s credibility as a Mideast peace broker.
“We can say no to anyone if things relate to our fate and our individuals, and now we have said no to Trump,” he said. “We informed him the deal of the century was the slap of the century. However we will slap back.”
Abbas likewise stated that the Palestinians have turned down a U.S. demand to stop payments to roughly 35,000 families of Palestinians killed and injured in the dispute with Israel, consisting of suicide bombers and other militants. Israel argues that the practice motivates violence.
Intending to protect exactly what he has called the “supreme” deal, Trump has for nearly a year dispatched his Mideast group, led by his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, to the area to try to breathe life into moribund peace talks, which collapsed in 2014.
But the Jerusalem pivot threw a wrench into Trump’s peacemaking efforts. Since then, the Palestinians have actually butted heads with the United States at the United Nations, winning a global rebuke against Trump’s relocation. Trump has responded by threatening to cut help and to decrease U.S. payments to the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee company. The U.S. is the biggest donor to the company.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has actually invited Trump’s difficult line toward the Palestinians, while also pressing forward with more settlement building and construction on lands looked for by the Palestinians.
Palestinian authorities state that while they have actually not received an official proposition from the U.S., they have actually heard from Saudi interlocutors that the United States is checking out the possibility of offering the Palestinians a statelet in the parts of the West Bank they currently control, with Israel controlling the borders, and the Gaza Strip. The officials spoke on condition of privacy due to the fact that they were not licensed to discuss a delicate diplomatic problem.
U.S. authorities have not confirmed the claims. But if real, the proposal would fall far short of Palestinian claims to the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza for an independent state.
Abbas said the Palestinians will decline the U.S. as a sole broker, and believe an offer can only be reached if there are multiple parties, such as with the worldwide nuclear offer in between six international powers and Iran.