Palestinian president Abbas slams Trump’s peace offer, says Oslo accord is dead

abbasPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century” on Sunday after the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Abbas also said Israel had “ended” the landmark Oslo peace accords of the 1990s with its actions, while branding the US ambassadors to the UN and to Israel, Nikki Haley and David Friedman, a “disgrace”.

“We said ‘no’ to Trump, ‘we will not accept your project’,” Abbas said at the start of a key meeting of Palestinian leaders on how to face Trump’s declaration.

“The deal of the century is the slap of the century and we will not accept it,” he added, referring to Trump’s pledge to reach the “ultimate deal” — Israeli-Palestinian peace.

 Abbas made his comments at the opening ceremony of the meeting taking place on Sunday and Monday in a marathon speech that lasted some two hours.

The meeting was called in the wake of Trump’s December 6 declaration on Jerusalem that deeply angered the Palestinians.

Abbas had previously said the United States could no longer play any role in the Middle East peace process after Trump’s move.

On Sunday, he said the Palestinians were calling for an internationally led process in which the United States was not the mediator.

He said the Ramallah meeting must take decisions on how to move forward.

“I am saying that Oslo, there is no Oslo,” Abbas said, referring to the agreements that led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority and envisioned a final resolution to the conflict.

“Israel ended Oslo.”

FRANCE24/(AFP)

  • Y K

    ‘“I am saying that Oslo, there is no Oslo,” Abbas said’

    Did he learn his public speaking skills from Dumbyad? 🙂

  • MaryTPresumptuous

    This is not news. Abbas has said “No” or been silent to every proposed deal that would have assigned land to the declared-but-not-located State of Palestine.

    And that is the entire point. Since Khartoum, there has been no “Yes”, only “No”.

    So there is and cannot be an agreement in peace. So there is and cannot be a State of Palestine with territory. And there can be no Membership at the United Nations because the aspirational “State of Palestine” cannot fulfill the same criteria that Israel was required to fulfill before becoming a member, namely that the country has made peace with its neighbors.

    “No deal? No problem. Let’s move on to other opportunities where our time will be well spent.” “Give us a call when you are ready ..”

    • Rudy1947

      Abbas does seem to have a problem with procrastination. He has put off elections for quite a while as well.

    • Hind Abyad

      “Abbas has said “No” or been silent to every proposed deal that would have assigned land to (the declared-but-not-located State of Palestine).”;-)))
      Mary The Presumptuous says it all..

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      • Rudy1947

        Yeah, Mary nailed it. Abbas will always say no or be silent as long as Israel exists. The facade has ended.

      • Y K

        “Dumbyad” doesn’t say much. But it says enough.

        • Niemals

          Abyss is perfect, it says everything.

    • Omega

      You are right about Abbas. Henry Siegman (former head of the World Jewish Congress) said it best:

      ”Nothing has been as harmful to the Palestinian struggle to end Israel’s occupation and unrelenting theft of territory intended for its state as Abbas’ insistence on the preservation of the Palestinian Authority and the myth that it serves as “a state in formation,” when it so clearly allowed Israel to solidify its occupation.”

      http://www.unz.com/article/struggle-for-equal-rights-for-palestinians-is-right-choice-and-will-lead-to-significant-exodus-of-jews-henry-

      Israel’s adhesion to the UN on the basis that it was a “peace loving state” was ludicrous. After realizing the Zionists would only get a small part of Palestine (1937 Peel Commission), they went on planning the ethnic cleansing of the land with violence and terror. It was so bad that the British Army on the land couldn’t contain them. To stop their terror, the UN granted them more lands (1948 Partition) but even that wasn’t enough as in the same year and prior to self-declaring independence, they went om attacking/seizing upwards of 600 Palestinian towns and villages – which triggered the military intervention of surrounding countries. The Israeli theft of Palestinian lands hasn’t stopped since.

  • Niemals

    Is Trump’s Jerusalem plan a capital mistake?

    Jerusalem with religious sites that are holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians – has been divided between Israelis and Palestinians since 1948.
    In 1967, Israel took control of East Jerusalem, the section Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state.

    Trump’s decision to determine Jerusalem as Israel’s capital upended decades of US foreign policy in the region and provoked violent protests across the world.

    Abbas also threw the US-brokered Oslo Accords into uncertainty on Sunday, saying: “There is no Oslo – Israel ended Oslo.”

    The 1990s Oslo accords led to the PLO’s official recognition of the state of Israel and, in turn, led to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority government.
    In his two-hour speech, Abbas did not specifically mention the recognition of Israel.

    “Mr. Trump wiped the Jerusalem question with a tweet,” Abbas complained at the meeting in Ramallah, West Bank.

    Trump is a tweetoholic, everything is done via his twitter account.

    With his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in early December, Trump had reversed the previous Middle East policy of the United States. Worldwide, the move was heavily criticized, in the Palestinian territories riots.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the White House’s Middle East policies, including President Donald Trump’s decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, in a fiery speech on Sunday.

    Abbas said US peace efforts for the Middle East and the Jerusalem decision amounted to the “slap of the century.”

    The current political situation has changed in color since 1990 but not in the possession – the same impossible chance of peace between these two people who want the same ‘forbidden candy bites’.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec12256ed406cfa18dd8f233fee7efb871059ea170e9dd365075e0f6ac18a7ff.jpg Jerusalem on the mosaic map of Madaba
    Jerusalem has not experienced anything but constant change of rulers since it was founded, that is why Trump’s Jerusalem plan is a capital mistake.

  • Niemals

    The confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli security forces is taking new forms that turns it all into a soap opera.
    The confrontations video of Ahed Tamimi attacking a soldier, taking new forms that turns it all into a soap opera.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea01dd90da590489c7e39caf967345da7a0afb402e335dafaa0ee10b49fefd37.jpg as well as the disingenuous social media campaign on Ahed Tamimi behalf, crystallizes the cynical calculus that lies at the heart of ‘No Way to Treat a Child.’
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea884896f6e4efdd5f180d5d3927a453c25c8e6e4d415313f55f689ab81cff40.jpg

    Ahed Tamimi hits, prods and slaps the Israeli security forces. (Mahmud Abbas is using the same slaping ‘method’ the so called “slap of the century”)

    She is trying to provoke a reaction that will be caught on camera and show the ugly violence of the Israeli army.
    The soldiers respond with professionalism and restraint, and ignore her attack.

    This Arab Palestinian is Ahed Tamimi, best known from a 2015 video showing her biting and hitting a soldier, as well as from regular demonstrations in Nabi Saleh.
    News reports have variously identified Tamimi as 16 or 17 years old, although a number of observers on social media have pointed to documents from 2011 that would put her current age at 18.

    Nobody stops the social media campaign and thinks what’s really happening – risk of catastrophic bloody conflict – the parties in the conflict have nothing to lose, so if it gets furthermore than just a social media gabble they have a BIG troubles.

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