Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced a break in any relationship between Palestine and Israel. Also with the American’s ties are being cut, said Abbas before the start of an Arab League summit in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Abbas thus opposes the Middle East plan of the American president Donald Trump, which he sees as a violation of the Oslo Accords of 1993. The project involves the annexation by Israel of parts of the occupied West Bank. The Palestinians would have their state, coupled with massive financial support. Jerusalem in the plan is “the indivisible capital of Israel”.
The Palestinian president announced earlier that he would not see anything in the new plan. Angry Palestinians also took to the streets of the West Bank this week to make their displeasure clear. In Bethlehem, protesters threw stones at Israeli security forces, who fired tear gas.
Arab League rejects plan
The Arab League rejects the plan to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict announced by US President Donald Trump earlier this week. The League says Saturday that the plan is “unfair” to the Palestinians.
In a communication after the meeting, the Arab League says that it rejects the “American-Israeli Accord as it does not respect the fundamental rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people”. The Ministers stressed the need for a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian State.
In Washington’s plan, Jerusalem is the “indivisible” capital of Israel and a possible Palestinian state will have capital in Abu Dis, a suburb of Jerusalem. The Palestinians want the whole of East Jerusalem as the capital of their country.
Compares plan with apartheid
According to the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the peace plan would result in an apartheid state. “The plan would lead to a state with two classes of civilians, i.e., apartheid, where the Palestinians would be second-class citizens without basic civil rights,” it sounded after an emergency meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
The American proposal “does not bring stability and does not work for peace, but lays the seeds for another 100 years of conflict and suffering”, said Ahmed Aboul Gheit. “The two parties would have to negotiate themselves to find a solution acceptable to both”.