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2:18, 15 January 2018

Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Money!’


Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Income!’

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority mentioned on Sunday that Israel had killed the Oslo Accords and angrily assailed the Trump administration more than its handling of the conflict. He vowed to reject American leadership of any peace talks and urged Palestinians to reconsider their signed agreements with Israel.

“We will not accept for the U.S. to be a mediator, because following what they have completed to us — a believer shall not be stung twice in the same spot,” Mr. Abbas said.

“The deal of the century is the slap of the century,” he added, mocking the nonetheless-undefined peace initiative that the Trump administration has been functioning on and advertising in the area. “However, we’ll get back at them.”

Mr. Abbas, 82, stopped properly short of embracing an option to a two-state answer, the project around which he has built his career. The quantity of Israelis and Palestinians who hold out hope that such a solution can be achieved is dwindling, but Mr. Abbas stated nothing about abandoning it.

He also shied away from urging the type of provocative acts, like ending the Palestinian Authority’s safety cooperation with Israel or disbanding the authority itself, that could raise the charges of occupation for Israel and shake officials in Jerusalem and Washington.

Certainly, Mr. Abbas, who reaffirmed his commitment to nonviolence and stopping terrorism, seemed to hold out hope of a return to negotiations — but with a person other than the United States major the way.

“Israel has killed Oslo. It has terminated Oslo,” Mr. Abbas said. “Now we are an authority with no any authority, and an occupation with no land, and we will not accept this.”

In a two-hour-plus speech opening a two-day gathering of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council, its second-highest-ranking body, Mr. Abbas delivered broadsides against Hamas, other Arab leaders and Britain. But he reserved his most scathing words for President Trump the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley and its ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman.

He attacked Mr. Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in defiance of international consensus and longstanding United States policy for later declaring, in a Twitter post, that the city’s status was “off the table” for threatening to close the P.L.O.’s mission in Washington and for threatening to reduce United States aid to the Palestinians.

“Damn your cash!” Mr. Abbas said of Mr. Trump. “He said, ‘I will give you a peace deal.’ The deal turned out to be a mess. He stated, ‘We will not spend for the Palestinians due to the fact they stopped the negotiations.’ Where are the negotiations?”

Mr. Abbas also confirmed a recent New York Occasions report that the Palestinians had been told they would be offered the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, which they currently handle, as the capital of a future state.

“We are in a fateful moment of history,” Mr. Abbas mentioned, adding scornfully: “If we shed Jerusalem, what do you want to do? Have a state with Abu Dis as its capital? This is what they’re supplying now: Abu Dis.”

Mr. Abbas said that Mr. Friedman, a staunch backer of Israeli settlements on the West Bank before becoming ambassador, had objected to the word occupation out of a conviction that Israel could not occupy its personal land, and had asked the State Division to stay away from using the word.

“They asked me to meet him,” Mr. Abbas stated. “I stated: ‘Him? No, I will not meet him.’ Not here, not outside the country, in Amman or Washington. I will not meet this man.”

He also referred to as it “shameful” of Ms. Haley to threaten nations that voted in the United Nations Common Assembly last month to declare Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital “null and void.” The measure passed 128-9 with 35 nations abstaining.

“I hope she hears me,” Mr. Abbas stated, adding, in reference to Ms. Haley’s suggestion early last year that she wore heels to kick Israel’s enemies: “Our reaction will be worse, but not with higher heels.”

“These two are a disgrace to any administration who respects itself, if it wanted to respect itself,” Mr. Abbas added.

The Palestinian Central Council is anticipated to make suggestions for a change in technique, but those will be nonbinding. A equivalent meeting in 2015 resulted in a call to end safety cooperation with Israel, but Mr. Abbas ignored it.

Addressing hundreds of P.L.O. members, Mr. Abbas urged the Council to emphasize unification talks aimed at bringing Hamas, the Islamic militant group that guidelines the Gaza Strip, into the Palestinian fold. “A state without having Gaza is not attainable,” he said. “A state in Gaza is not possible.”

He advocated convening the Palestinian National Council, the P.L.O.’s legislative physique, which elects the group’s Executive Committee and final met in 2009. “The P.L.O. has to be renovated, has to be refreshed,” he said.

And he named on Central Council members to assessment the group’s various pacts with Israel, “because the Israeli government has led us to a stalemate, so these agreements need to be revisited in line with international laws and resolutions, to defend our reputable rights.”

Mr. Abbas spent considerable time early in his speech criticizing Hamas and Islamic Jihad for refusing to send representatives to the gathering in Ramallah. A Hamas spokesman mentioned it should have been held in one more nation to ensure the participation of representatives from Hamas and other factions.

Testing his audience’s consideration, Mr. Abbas also gave a lengthy history lecture reaching back to the 17th century, saying that Oliver Cromwell had very first proposed shipping European Jews to the Holy Land, just before tracing the starting of Zionism to what he called the 19th-century journalist and activist Theodor Herzl’s efforts to “wipe out Palestinians from Palestine.”

“This is a colonial enterprise that has practically nothing to do with Jewishness,” Mr. Abbas stated. “The Jews have been utilised as a tool beneath the notion of the promised land — call it whatever you want. Every little thing has been produced up.”

Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Trump administration officials presented any instant response.

But Oded Revivi, a spokesman for the Yesha Council, which represents 450,000 Israeli settlers on the West Bank, stated, “If the Oslo procedure is dead, as suggested by Abbas, it would follow that the Palestinian Authority and its leadership are irrelevant.”

“It’s time,” Mr. Revivi stated, “to discover alternative Palestinian leaders and alternative peace plans that focus on creating bridges amongst actual men and women on the ground instead of generating men and women like Abbas wealthy and famous.”

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page Aeight of the New York edition with the headline: Palestinian Authority Chief Calls Oslo Accords ‘Dead’ and Rails at U.S.. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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Published at Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:24:01 +0000


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