Mahmoud Abbas (second from the right) opens Sunday's PLO summit by furiously denouncing Trump's regional policiesImage: Getty Images/AFP/A. Momani
Abbas: Trump's peace efforts 'slap of the century'
January 14, 2018
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said Trump should be ashamed of his Middle East peace efforts. Abbas also called into the question the Oslo Accords, which stipulate Palestinians' recognition of Israel.
Abbas: 'The deal of the century is the slap of the century'
"Our eternal capital is Jerusalem, and we will not accept what is being offered to us to make Abu Dis the capital of Palestine instead of the city of Jerusalem," Abbas said, confirming reports that the White House had offered the Jerusalem suburb Abu Dis to the Palestinians as an alternative capital of a potential future state.
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Abbas also responded to White House criticism that the PLO had refused to negotiate on Jerusalem.
"Shame on you," Abbas said in a message directed at Trump. Palestinians had remained committed to negotiations but would reject any proposal they deemed to be unfair, the Palestinian president added.
The status of Jerusalem remains one of the most contentious issues in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The city — 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.
The UN does not recognize this annexation or the city as the undivided capital of Israel.
Abbas also threw the US-brokered Oslo Accords into uncertainty on Sunday, saying: "There is no Oslo — Israel ended Oslo."
The 1990s 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.