In opening remarks to the Palestinian leadership meeting yesterday evening, Abbas once again rejected the US mediation of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, while announcing a series of countermeasures against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“We will not accept the US as a mediator in the peace process and this American position must be met with several measures,” he said, denouncing the US for adopting “a Zionist approach.”
“We will take legal, political and diplomatic actions against Trump’s announcement of Jerusalem,” Abbas said, highlighting that a special committee will be formed to look into relevant UN resolutions and formulate new ones.
Abbas also signed 22 agreements and international treaties to strengthen the legal status of the state of Palestine on a global scale.
Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership is returning to the UN General Assembly after the US yesterday vetoed a resolution at the UN Security Council to reject Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.
The US vetoed the draft resolution, though 14 other members of the Security Council voted in favour.
Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad Malki said that the Palestinian Authority will resort to the UN General Assembly with a new draft resolution against the US move under the “united for peace” article.
Abbas slammed the US veto for undermining the international community and international law.
He reiterated that he wants East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine, pledging to preserve it as an open city for all religions.
Trump, breaking away from decades of US policy of neutrality announced on Dec 6 to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
This move has enraged the Palestinians and other Muslims across the world. At least six Palestinians have been killed in violent clashes in the past weeks with Israeli security forces during protests against the US move.
Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the whole city of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital. But the Palestinians insist East Jerusalem should be the capital of their future independent state. – Bernama